The fourteenth newsletter by the Development Management Team has been produced for Knight's Walk and is available to read here.
The Development Management Team have published Newsletter 14 for Knight's Walk and it can be read here.
Inside this issue:
- Coming up in July/August 2017
- Public Exhibition Update
- Indicative Timeline
- Timetable July/August
- Fire Safety Notice
- Plant Audit Update
38 Residents and Stakeholders came to the public exhibition last Wednesday evening with some familiar faces and some people we had not met before. This was our last public event before a planning application is submitted, therefore it was an important moment to provide feedback.
We understand that there is still concern about the need for any development, however feedback was generally positive with people commenting on a real improvement from previous exhibitions, particularly around the landscaping and materiality of the building. There were many comments about the new buildings keeping the quiet feel of Knight’s Walk with a pleasant, tree lined pedestrian route.
Overall people were pleased that the new paving will extend up to Kempsford Road and were happy with the proposed colours and sizing, saying that this would mean they are less likely to crack and it will be safer to walk through.
Trees and Planting
There were a lot of positive comments about the specific trees, hedges and grasses and many people were supportive of the communal garden for the North Block and the way the space around the car parking has been designed.
Neighbours and stakeholders were happy to see the cycle parking inside the buildings and moved out of the communal green spaces.
Overall people were happy to see that the shading and sunlight effects of the new buildings worked quite well for the existing bungalows and provided a lot of sunshine to the new homes.
Bins & Waste
People were supportive of the bins being relocated and having a secure door and there were some queries about how bins and refuse would be managed during the construction.
People were happy to see the brick colours proposed for the building and that the ground floor colour relates to the existing bungalows.
People liked that all homes would have good sized balconies and spaces in front of the ground floor homes for planting. People were happy that the balconies were facing Knight’s Walk as this will help make the area feel more secure in terms of overlooking the public spaces.
All of this information will be available to view online at: www.estateregeneration.lambeth.gov.uk/knights_walk and at Number 15 Knights Walk.
All of this information will be available to view online and at No.15
All of our thoughts in the estate regeneration team are with those caught up in the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington. As more is known about the cause of the fire, lessons will be learnt. These lessons will be reviewed alongside Lambeth procedures and will be taken into account in the design and construction of your new homes and estate. The materials for the new buildings on Knight’s Walk are brick and there are no proposals to use combustable cladding on Knight’s Walk.
Lambeth have set up a dedicated team to review medium and high rise buildings, those of 6 stories and above, owned by Lambeth Council. All the fire risk assessments are up to date, the required actions resulting from these assessments are being completed and towers are being prioritised. FAQ’s can be accessed via this link. www.lambeth.gov.uk/firesafety
We would also like to remind people to please help to keep you and your neighbours safe by:
• Making sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home
• Keeping balconies free from clutter
• Not leaving rubbish or bikes in communal areas or obstructing escape routes
• Making sure you know where your nearest fi re exit is
• If you are a smoker, please do not smoke in common areas of the block and always fully extinguish cigarettes smoked in your home and dispose of them carefully and safely. If you have any question or concerns about your current homes’ fi re safety, please do not hesitate to contact your local housing officer or the HM
Fire Safety Department at Lambeth (hmfi [email protected]).
You can also contact the London Fire Brigade on 0800 028 44 28 who can undertake Home Safety Visits.
The rebuilding programme is all about providing better homes for you and your neighbours and more homes to help tackle the housing crisis in the borough. These will be built to modern safety standards which incorporate all the up to date requirements to protect residents. The safety of residents is the highest priority, and this will also be the case for Homes for Lambeth.