Housing in London has suffered heavily from the effects of the housing crisis

Hounslow has a huge 171 council estates, many of which are now in need of necessary upgrade over the next 20 years after a comprehensive assessment.

As well as renovating and improving the housing stock, the borough must build 5,000 new affordable homes by 2022 to meet its pledge, including 3,000 for social rent and 2,000 for shared ownership. As well as these homes, to meet targets Hounslow must build 1,000 new council houses by March 2022. Hounslow will be revealing more details at an upcoming Heathrow & West London Development Conference

The Convent Way estate was chosen after a review showed it faced increasing bills for maintenance as well as concerns over anti-social behaviour like fly-tipping. It was also considered unlikely the estate would be able to meet the council’s energy efficiency targets.

The next stage of the plan involves a conversation with current residents about the area and what needs to done.

The regeneration of the estate will lead to an increased number of council homes. All existing tenants and leaseholders will be offered an alternative home on the new estate.

Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, said: “I am delighted with this chance to create new, high quality and energy efficient homes, as well as opportunities for new community and health facilities, shops, improved transport links, and green and leisure spaces.

“It will take us one step further to delivering our housing pledge and our strategic aspirations for building more vibrant, thriving places where people will enjoy living.

“It is vital that residents and the local communities support us in our aspirations. That is why we are putting them at the heart of this process – we need to build a partnership with them to develop a scheme that will better serve their needs, create jobs and improve their quality of life.

“I encourage all residents in Convent Way to come forward, provide their ideas and help shape the future plans for their estate.”

Councillor Lily Bath, Deputy Leader and Lead Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion said: “It is important that residents and communities understand our aspiration for breathing new life into our estates and to support them – we want them to engage and get involved as much as possible.

“Our engagement with them starts now, and will continue right to the end – when all existing tenants are in their new homes.”