Residents have described feeling a lot happier after moving into new homes in the regeneration area of South Kilburn.
Elizabeth Forster, 42, moved into her newly built two-bedroom apartment in Wiggins House at Chippenham Gardens at the end of the summer with her teenage son. The mature student, who also has a grown-up daughter, said her new home was a great improvement on her previous flat.
“It’s a completely different environment,” said Elizabeth, who is in her final year of studying politics and international relations at university. “There is more outside space, the balcony is bigger, it’s cleaner and it’s also more energy efficient. Your environment does have an impact on your general outlook on life. Now that we are living here, I feel more motivated with my studies and I’m a lot happier.”
Chippenham Gardens in part of the council’s redevelopment of South Kilburn: a 15-year programme to transform the area into a sustainable and vibrant neighbourhood. The plan aims to deliver around 2,400 new homes, half of which will be affordable homes for council tenants currently living in South Kilburn.