A statement from Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion.
Published: Wednesday, 2nd September 2020
Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion, said:
“In July of this year Hounslow Council published its Climate Emergency Action Plan where we committed to reducing our direct emissions to net zero by 2030. The plan sets out a suite of programmes to tackle the climate emergency in our borough and one of these programmes specifically relates to housing, committing the Council to improving energy efficiency across the Council’s asset base.
“Hounslow Council has now implemented a range of measures to improve energy efficiency in our housing. One such measure is external wall insulation on properties in the Worple Estate, which is home to mixture of Council social housing and privately-owned properties.
“Council tenants had relayed concerns about the condition of some properties, particularly regarding damp and heating costs and the Council embarked on an external wall insulation project for each of its 84 properties. When the external wall insulation had been installed, new paint work was required on the properties.
“The Council consulted tenants on the proposals, with most people in favour. The consultation included the preparation of a pilot scheme which referenced ‘a magnolia colour (or similar)’. This formed the basis of our planning application for the works.
“However, during the planning process the independent Local Planning Authority required that the colour of the rendering to be changed to “sand yellow” as a condition of its approval. This is the colour being used.
“The vast majority of tenants where works have been carried out are very satisfied with the quality of the works, the colour and the energy and costs they are now saving. Savings per property are estimated at £308 a year and there’s also a large reduction in carbon emissions.
“There is no evidence that these works have had a negative impact on house prices in the area.
“The reason why residents should not paint over the original colour is because it risks invalidating the Council’s warranty on the external wall insulation and is in breach of planning regulations and their tenancy agreement.”