Clarion Housing Group has further signalled its commitment to helping to tackle London’s acute housing crisis with the purchase of a major new site in Brent. The £109m (GDV) scheme in the Alperton housing zone contributes to Clarion’s wider ambition of delivering around 650 new homes in the borough over the next three years, more than 550 of which will be affordable.
This week the Group completed a deal for the Minavil House site, on which 251 new homes will be built. Of the new homes, 215 will be for shared ownership and 36 for affordable rent. The development – which comes with full planning permission – will be completed in 2022.
Philip Browne, New Business and Partnerships Director for Clarion Housing Group said: “Clarion has a major role to play in tackling the housing crisis and we are investing £13bn nationally in our development programme.
“London is at the sharp end of the housing crisis and delivering affordable housing in the capital remains an absolute priority for us.”
The Minavil House scheme includes around £8m of grant funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA).
James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing & Residential Development said: “We are working with partners across London to build more social rented and other genuinely affordable homes. We welcome Clarion's commitment to building more affordable housing in Brent, and we will continue to work together to tackle London's housing crisis."
On a separate scheme in Alperton, building work is well underway for 135 shared ownership and affordable rented homes on a disused industrial site at Abbey Wharf.
Clarion, the UK’s largest social landlord, has also submitted a planning application jointly with developer R55 to build 258 new homes on a 0.93 hectare site on Dudden Hill Lane. The brownfield site would be transformed into 114 shared ownership homes, 54 affordable rented homes and 90 homes for sale.
Through its strategic housing partnership with the Mayor of London, Clarion aims to deliver 5,600 affordable homes across the capital.