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New residents of council-led ‘Dudley House’ project surrounded by offices

24 January, 2020 — By Tom Foot

THIS is the view facing residents of a housing block surrounded by offices in the densely built-up Paddington Basin.

Westminster Council’s “100 per cent affordable” Dudley House has 197 new homes on offer at “intermediate rent”.

The council-led project aims to tackle a chronic shortage of affordable housing by offering flats to Ministry of Defence serving personnel and “sons and daughters of existing council tenants who are currently overcrowded”, according to the council.

Residents who have moved in include a nurse, software engineer, hairdresser, a medical director, business analyst, waitress and a “guest experience host”, the council said.

Rents ranged from £1,040 per calendar month for a studio, which would be affordable to someone earning £31,000 a year, to £2,373 pcm for the most expensive flats, the council said.

Intermediate housing can be applied for by households with a gross annual salary of £90,000 and who have lived in the borough for a minimum of three years.

Westminster Council’s regeneration chief Cllr Rachael Robathan said: “Dudley House is an example of how a local authority, working with partners, can build affordable and attractive properties in the middle of a capital city with an intense crush on its housing stock and sky-high rents.”

The mixed development project also includes a new permanent home for Marylebone Boys’ School, a church and a retail unit.

James Felstead, a director at Child Graddon Lewis, said the scheme had been “delivered on a tight, challenging site”.

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