Soho Housing Association

A lot has changed in the past 40 years and London is a busy city with lots of traffic. We are concerned about the impact that the traffic might be having on the quality of life and health of our tenants and ourselves. We’d like to explore ways to reduce the flow of traffic and reduce air pollution emissions.

About us

Soho Housing is a voluntary organisation with charitable status that was set up in 1973 by people living in Soho to improve local housing conditions and to ensure that its existing homes were not destroyed by redevelopment. They hoped that by providing homes in the area at prices local residents could afford, the existing community could be retained and strengthened.

The first properties were purchased in 1977, consisting of the terrace of listed houses in Great Pulteney Street, together with the site at the rear in Bridle Lane, now called John Broadwood House. Since then we have purchased and improved several other blocks of flats to provide family homes, with some open space for the residents wherever possible, in Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Farringdon, Queen’s Park and Victoria. Our largest property is Sandringham Flats in Charing Cross Road with 125 homes and 14 shops. We also have a sheltered housing scheme, Pargiter Court, for the elderly in Soho with 19 flats.

Nearly 40 years later, we are still a financially robust organisation, with plans to continue developing new homes. Altogether, we own more than 750 homes and have 30 commercial tenants.

Contact: Gary Hayes (Chairman)



Main focus of activity

Residents association

Main goal

Localised issue

Operational level

Community: geographical e.g. school, neighbourhood, friends of a park

Air Quality Management Area (AQMA)

Don’t know

Actions planned

Local campaigning
Media outreach
Holding public meeting
Letter/complaint to Councillor
Letter/complaint to local authority
Letter/complaint to MP

Additional areas of interest

Public health
Social justice

Sharing and support

Help offered
Sharing of experiences

Help needed
Air quality technical advice
Public health advice
Transport advice
Campaigning advice
Help writing consultation responses/letters/press releases
Loan of monitoring equipment

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