HILLINGDON Council is confident new homes will still be built in the borough, despite claims it will be unable to deliver on its targets because of electricity grid supply issues.

An article in The Financial Times this week said Hillingdon, along with Hounslow and Ealing Councils, would not be able to build new homes for at least a decade due to the local electricity supply grid being at capacity.

The article said the Greater London Authority had warned developers the three authorities would face a house-building ban until 2035, to allow time to build up grid capacity.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “This is a somewhat scaremongering story which has blown the reality of the situation out of proportion.

“We’re not aware of any housing schemes planned for the borough being affected.

“There is also evidence that power capacity has been reserved for developments that may never take place, and this latent capacity should be made available to schemes that will be delivered.

“We understand the GLA is working hard to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. In the meanwhile, we have every confidence we’ll be delivering on our housing promises.”