Green light for first women-only tower block

Brook House in Acton, west London will be a 15-storey scheme providing 102 social rent affordable flats for single women.

The scheme is supported by Women’s Pioneer Housing, who are only one of two such specialised  housing associations in the country, and social housing giant L&Q.

The original estate at Brook House was built in the 1930s, with additional homes and blocks built in the  70s. Redevelopment works are expected to start on site as early as  this summer.

Tracey Downey, Chief Executive at Women’s Pioneer Housing, said: “We were delighted to receive planning consent from Ealing Council for this ambitious development,  which will help so many women facing abuse, discrimination and social and economic disadvantages,  including on the housing market.

“Women’s Pioneer Housing has worked for more than 100 years with vulnerable women, including in Ealing, and  we strongly believe that providing more good-quality, affordable homes for women is critically important,  particularly during this cost-of-living and energy crisis.

“We are more than just “bricks and mortar” – we  support our residents’ independence and wellbeing and this new building will provide a real home for  many women in dire need.”

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