I have written before about Hammersmith and Fulham Council owning 423 empty garages on its housing estates. Many of these could be replaced with homes – as could derelict or unused buildings on council estates across the borough. I have also noted the Council’s very poor performance on affordable housing in recent years. An average of just 87 new “affordable” homes a year since Labour took over – compared with an average of 194 a year under the Conservatives.
When it comes to finding room for new homes on council estates any loss of green space would obviously be a more sensitive issue than the loss of some eyesore redundant building. But is all the green space properly maintained? This photograph is of the communal back garden of a small block of council flats in Ashchurch Park Villas. There is a case for providing a well maintained pleasant garden. There is a case for building a cottage or two on the site – which I think if they were beautiful and traditional would be acceptable to existing residents. Perhaps there would be space to do both.
What I find impossible to justify is the current use of the land.