London Fire Brigade

West Hampstead firefighters' cottages up for sale

19 September 2012

Four disused, Grade II listed cottages at the rear of West Hampstead Fire Station may be brought back into use to help London’s housing shortage, according to a new report published this week.

Members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s Resources Committee agreed at a meeting this week for officers at the Brigade to contact both social and private housing providers offering them the opportunity to purchase the buildings.

The cottages were built at the rear of West Hampstead Fire Station on 325 West End Lane in the early 1900s to house serving firefighters.
The Brigade has chosen to invite offers on the cottages rather than spend taxpayers’ money refurbishing or redeveloping them itself.

Chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s Resources Committee, Cllr Terry Stacy, said:

“This is a win, win situation. The sale of the disused cottages at West Hampstead Fire Station will free up much needed homes in the local area while bringing in extra revenue for the London Fire Brigade, which is very important in these tough economic times.

“The cottages are situated in an attractive area of London and will provide good quality homes with lots of character.” 

The report was agreed at Resources Committee on Monday 17 September.

Notes to editors

The report can be seen here http://www.london.gov.uk/LFEPA/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=142&MId=220&Ver=4