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Lambeth estate regeneration projects receive green light

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The London Borough of Lambeth has given the go-ahead for two estate regeneration projects creating more than 354 new and replacement homes in the borough.

The two applications were front runners in the estate regeneration programme brought forward by Homes for Lambeth on behalf of Lambeth Council. 

Both schemes are led by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. The design team has been working across these estates since spring 2016, bringing forward design-led schemes developed through working with estate residents and neighbours, said the company.

Hilary Satchwell, director of Tibbalds planning and urban design, said: “We have focused on working closely with the local community and using the principles of good design to create proposals that will deliver high-quality, mixed-tenure homes on public land for the long term.

She added: “The team’s coordinated approach has helped secure planning approval in good time and we will be continuing to support Homes for Lambeth in moving the schemes forward to delivery on site.”

The focus of the schemes has been providing high-quality new homes for existing and new residents, with the main objective being delivering as many affordable homes as possible, according to the company. 

Other considerations included making sure that the proposals are highly energy efficient and are low cost in use for those that will live in them, and creating inclusive new and improved open spaces, streets and play opportunities for all residents.

The approved Westbury Estate outline planning application proposes up to 334 homes in total, of which 270 are new and replacement mixed-tenure homes for existing residents. Eighty-nine homes will be lost to make way for a masterplan that aims to create a legible framework of new streets, spaces and connections. The masterplan covers nine buildings that form four new urban blocks, together with a 10-storey tower.

The new development at Knight’s Walk on the Cotton Gardens Estate will deliver 84 mixed tenure homes, 14 of which are for existing residents. The design of the scheme is in two phases – the first phase sits between Knight’s Walk and Renfrew Road, creating an “inviting and clear” set of routes for residents and passers-by.

The second phase will look to complete a new urban block that bridges between the north and the Cotton Gardens Estate to the south-west, and will reach seven storeys along Kennington Lane. 

Paul McGlone, Lambeth Council’s deputy leader, investment and partnerships, said: “I’m pleased that planning permission has been given for the rebuilding of the Knight’s Walk and Westbury estates, providing a new home for every council tenant and additional council-rent homes for local families.

“We are delivering on our guarantees to existing tenants and resident leaseholders to provide them with a brand new home built to the highest standard on their estate – and the overall scheme will provide dozens of new, genuinely affordable homes for local people.”

Image credit / Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design