A Key Worker Pilot Scheme providing affordable modern apartments for NHS and education staff in Kensington and Chelsea has been launched.
The Pilot for 14 striking homes in Kensal Road, North Kensington, is open to staff working in the NHS or primary and secondary schools who provide a service to the borough’s residents.
The scheme will allow the Council to assess the level of demand for such properties and develop a longer-term policy for key worker accommodation across Kensington and Chelsea.
Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Grenfell, Housing and Social Investment, said:
“The pandemic has highlighted the incredible service key workers provide and we are proud to provide these attractive homes for the local heroes who serve our residents.
“We will use what we learn from this pilot to develop a Key Worker housing policy, which is a key part of our housing strategy.
“Developing mixed-tenure schemes combining social, intermediate and private rented housing is a key priority for the Council. We are achieving this through our own house-building scheme and will be using our planning powers to encourage developers to do so.”
The 14 properties are comprised of six one-bedroom, six two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments and feature fitted kitchens with integrated appliances and flooring throughout. They are also close to a number of public transport options, including Bakerloo Line stations.