Ground breaking event for new Northholt affordable homes

The cutting of a piece of turf marked the official start of construction work by developer Lovell on 43 modern and energy-efficient new homes in Northolt, west London, for Ealing Council. Councillor Chris Summer, Labour Member for Northolt Mandeville Ward; Councillor Hitesh Tailor, Ealing's Cabinet Member for Housing; Lovell regional director Peter Taylor and Steve Pound, MP for Ealing North carried out the groundbreaking event at the development in Eastcote Lane on Friday, 18 October. The Lovell team has been working at the site carrying out preparatory work over the summer prior to the start of construction of the new-build homes for social rent.

The £5.1 million scheme will create 38 one- and two-bedroom apartments and five three- and four-bedroom properties. All homes will be built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which measures properties' environmental performance, meaning that they will be 25 per cent more energy-efficient than properties built to current building regulations. Sustainable features will include photovoltaic roof panels. The development is set for completion in autumn 2014. The two new apartment blocks will be called John Parry House – in honour of John Parry, the former headteacher of Northolt High School – and Lascelles House.

Councillor Tailor said: "We are committed to building quality, new build homes in the borough to help meet a growing need for affordable housing. I'm particularly pleased that they will be more energy-efficient and help to keep residents' fuel bills lower." This brings the council's new-build programme up to around 500 new affordable homes, many of which are for social rent and already complete.

MP Steve Pound comments: "Everyone talks about the need for housing and everyone knows families and young people suffering for the lack of this basic provision. Lovell are doing more than just talk – they are delivering high-quality homes in an area of great need and my constituents and I are profoundly grateful that such a well regarded company are working here in Northolt and the motto of the firm – we don't just build homes, we build communities, is exactly the reason why we welcome them here to Northolt and why Ealing Council is so happy with the partnership."

Lovell regional director Peter Taylor says: "It's great to see work under way on this well-designed, modern development which will play an important part in meeting the need for new affordable housing for the local community, creating high-quality, warm and attractive homes."