Apex Airspace

Apex Airspace gets green light for affordable rooftop homes in Edgware

Harrow Council has approved the progression of an affordable ‘airspace’ project in Edgware in partnership with Apex Airspace.

The scheme aims to deliver a total of 48 council homes on seven blocks identified for airspace development in order to meet the needs of priority households who cannot afford open market housing.

The proposed development works will also include enhancement of the communal areas and improved amenities.

Local residents and ward councillors were consulted on all building proposals at the start of the design process.

The scheme will be the borough’s first public-private partnership ‘airspace’ project and will act as a pilot for the borough to progress the delivery of airspace development for affordable housing, with the goal of increasing capacity and deliver high-quality affordable properties above existing blocks.

Phillip O’Dell, portfolio holder for housing at Harrow Council, said: “It is a key council priority to deliver new homes in Harrow, making a difference across the borough by increasing the supply of affordable housing to meet the needs of vulnerable households and families. 

“We’re excited to be working with Apex Airspace on this new project, helping provide vital new affordable homes using modular construction.

“We will be consulting residents on a local lettings policy for the scheme, which could allow existing tenants to move into the new homes.”

He added that the council has submitted a bid for funding to the Greater London Authority for further airspace developments at sites yet to be determined.

Arshad Bhatti, founder and chief executive officer at Apex Airspace, commented: “This is a sign of monumental progress in the use of airspace development for Local Authority affordable housing delivery. 

“As the need for affordable housing is on the rise, many providers — including Harrow Council — are seeking innovative opportunities and solutions to expand their portfolio. 

“We are delighted to enable housing providers to do so without the need for new land or demolition and look forward to delivering new homes in partnership with Harrow Council and the Greater London Authority.”

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