55 homes located in the Bedfont & Feltham areas of the London Borough of Hounslow.
Registered office: 8 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8GT.
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First West End appearance
Discussions on Stoney Wall began at the beginning of 1984. The idea of a housing co-op for the western end of Hounslow Borough was promoted by Middlesex Housing Association (MHA) with support from local Labour Councillors. MHA had already set up co-ops for the Brentford, Isleworth and Central Hounslow areas during the 1970s, but there was no tenant controlled housing in the western area.
Getting the show on the road in Bedfont
A 21 acre site of former gravel works in Bedfont was identified for redevelopment early in 1984. The Hounslow Council owned land was a rough open field. It was a notorious focus for anti-social behaviour including illegal motor cycle scrambling and rubbish dumping. There were frequent fires which burned abandoned cars, rubbish, grass and undergrowth. Public consultation supported redevelopment as a mainly residential scheme with properly maintained open space and a neighbourhood Community Centre. The Council invited a consortium of Housing Associations to include a co-op in creating the new ‘Grove Village’. A local Councillor who strongly supported co-ops suggested that the Co-op should be named after the historic Bedfont Stoney Wall.
Back stage scene-shifting
In 1986, MHA set up Co-op Homes (CH) to carry on working for Stoney Wall and other co-ops. MHA had previously set up Middlesex Housing Co-operative (MHC) - which still continues the self-help temporary housing work previously supported by MHA. Residents of temporary housing, who worked voluntarily to support MHA and MHC, were given the opportunity to become founder members of, and move into, permanent co-ops. MHC continues to refer experienced co-operators for re-housing in permanent co-ops.
Long first act for Grove Village
Detailed designs for Grove Village were discussed over several years and publicly launched at an Open Evening held in late 1987. Several phases of building work followed with handover of Stoney Wall properties at Kilross Road in mid 1990. The inaugural Grove Village Residents Association meeting and the official opening of the Community Centre were also both held before the end of 1990.
Act Two in Feltham
Another consortium of 3 Housing Associations and Stoney Wall, supported by CH, agreed proposals for a former school site in Feltham. Hounslow Council sold the land at Boundaries Road for 50% of the value to enable affordable rented housing to be built. Construction of ninety new homes, costing £7.5 million, began in 1991. The new properties for Stoney Wall were completed in 1994.
Government subsidy rules for development have changed and there is now a requirement for private finance as well as the public funding which previously came to Stoney Wall. This system now favours development by large housing associations, and co-ops are not encouraged to grow. Stoney Wall needs to co-operate with other co-ops and CH to plan for the future.