Hounslow Council approves plans for Heston's Convent Way housing estate redevelopment
Published: Wednesday, 21st July 2021
Hounslow Council’s Cabinet last night backed plans for comprehensive redevelopment of Heston’s Convent Way housing estate.
In June, a ballot of tenants on the proposals showed 80% of eligible residents were in favour of the Council’s plans, after an overall voter turnout of 85%. The ballot at Convent Way followed 18 months of intense engagement and consultation with over 400 residents on the estate.
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “The plans for Convent Way form part of our ambitious wider programme to regenerate our estates and deliver 5,000 affordable homes in the borough by 2022. The proposed 900 homes in this exciting scheme take us another step forward to delivering much needed new homes for local people.
“The support for the plans in the ballot of tenants was overwhelming and it is right that we back them now, repaying their confidence in us by delivering good quality, decent Council homes in an improved environment, so we can do everything possible to help residents meet their aspirations for a better quality of life.”
The Convent Way plans include building approximately 900 new, energy-efficient council homes for residents, with new shops and a community centre, new parks and a revitalisation of existing sports and open spaces. Following the endorsement by Cabinet, the next stage will see detailed designs, surveys and reports prepared with the aim of submitting a Planning Application by March 2022.
The proposals followed a comprehensive assessment of the borough’s 171 housing estates, designed to identify those that will need to be updated over the next 20 years. Approved by Hounslow Council in January 2020, the programme's aspiration is to provide 50% homes at council rent levels, subject to viability. All secure tenants and resident leaseholders will have the right to return.
In the review, Convent Way, built in 1960, was identified as no longer suited to modern living, difficult and costly to maintain and difficult to adapt to meet residents’ housing and accessibility needs. The new plans for the Convent Way estate aim to:
- Ensure residents continue to play an active role in how their neighbourhood is shaped, designed and managed.
- Provide new modern community and retail spaces – including high-quality community amenities and shops as well as greater and better use of green spaces and underused play areas across the estate
- Provide opportunities for improved housing conditions for those currently in unsuitable accommodation – for example, where households need home adaptations or to tackle overcrowding