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12/12/2017

Knight's Walk Planning Application Submitted

The planning application for Knight's Walk has now been submitted and validated. 

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We are pleased to confirm that the planning application for Knights Walk has now been submitted. This a major moment in the journey to building better homes for current residents on the estate and building more homes for families waiting on the council’s housing list.

UPDATE - the application has now been validated and the reference number is 17/05992/RG3. You can view the application online here.

The consultation period has been extended from the normal 21 day period to 5 weeks and runs until 26 January 2018.

Homeowners, Council Tenants, Private Tenants and Neighbours will shortly receive information through the post about the application and how people can comment on the plans. 

You can read a summary note from Lambeth Council here and a summary note of the planning application here. You can also find out more about:

Opportunities to See the Documents

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Online

The planning application documentation can be viewed online here.

Weekly Drop Ins

From 11.01.18 weekly drop in sessions will resume at No.15 Knight’s Walk. Hard copies of the planning application documents will be available to view and Keith Richmond, Lambeth Officer, and Nataly from make:good will be there to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity to view these in December on 19.12.17 from 5:30-7pm

RSVP for 19th December here

KWGRA/REP Meeting - 8th January

This meeting will include updates from Lambeth and the Development Management Team including an update about the planning application and a discussion about the rehousing process for Knight’s Walk tenants.

RSVP here.

Public Drop In - 16th January

The Development Management Team will be holding a public drop in session in January where you will be able to see the drawings and reports that have been included in the submission and also have an opportunity to talk to the team and ask questions.

RSVP here.

Why Knight's Walk?

The existing homes on Knight's Walk do not meet current design or insulation standards or meet the needs of many of the longterm residents for accessible homes.

Due to government funding cuts and the cost of refurbishment, the council cannot afford to refurbish the existing homes to bring them up to standard.

Knight's Walk and the surrounding pedestrian routes also aren’t well overlooked or well used and don’t always feel very safe. In addition, Knight's Walk is developed at low density and provides very few homes given its large site area, and given such a well connected location this also presents an opportunity for the council when so many people are in housing need.

This is because Lambeth, like all London boroughs, is facing a major housing crisis. Over 23,000 people are on our waiting list for a council home; the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation, the vast majority of which are families with children, has risen sharply; and 1,300 families are living in severely overcrowded homes. Every year, between 3,000 and 4,000 people apply to be on the council’s housing waiting list. This is 60 to 80 households per week.

This is because Lambeth, like all London boroughs, is facing a major housing crisis. Over 23,000 people are on our waiting list for a council home; the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation, the vast majority of which are families with children, has risen sharply; and 1,300 families are living in severely overcrowded homes. Every year, between 3,000 and 4,000 people apply to be on the council’s housing waiting list. This is 60 to 80 households per week.

In the context of these challenges, the council is seeking to improve the quality and quantity of affordable housing in Lambeth.

As a response to this level of housing need, the council has made a commitment to deliver more and better homes for our residents, and Homes for Lambeth (HfL) is a key part of this goal.

HfL is a 100% council-owned housing company that we have set up specifically to deliver more and better homes for our residents. 

Our Commitment to Residents

The ‘Key Guarantees’ were agreed by the council to give residents affected by regeneration the certainty that they will have the offer of a new home on their estate following regeneration.

We will also give all residents the information and support that they need to make the best choices about them and
their families’ futures. The guarantees were reviewed by the respected independent tenant engagement organisation, TPAS, to make sure that the Council’s offer is amongst the best provided by local authorities.

Further information on the Key Guarantees can be found here.

Our Residents Have Shaped The Proposed Development

The design work for Knights Walk has been ongoing since the summer of 2016. This process has included close working between the council’s team and a core group of residents. Monthly meetings with residents have helped to shape the development proposals and the outcomes and priorities from these discussions have been communicated to other residents in a monthly newsletter. Exhibitions for all local residents and other neighbours have taken place every 3-4 months during the design stages to make sure that that all those affected have the opportunity to see what is planned and to talk to the project team. The application submitted for 84 new homes on Knights Walk responds to the residents’ brief, and the council and Homes for Lambeth are committed to delivering the proposed scheme.

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Better Homes 

The new homes will be well laid out and will meet a range of high quality standards set out in the London Plan and Homes for Lambeth’s design standards. You can find more information on the design standards here

Of the 84 homes, 25 will be one-bedroomed homes. The existing one bedroom homes are 48 sqm in area and the new homes will range from 51 to 61 sqm in area – up to 27% larger than current homes. 41 homes will be two-bedroomed homes. There are no existing two bedroomed homes. The new homes will range from 72 to 89 sqm in area. 18 homes will be three-bedroomed homes, including both three bedroomed five-person and three-bedroomed six-person homes. The existing three-bedroomed homes are 81 sqm in area and the new homes will range from 88 to 106 sqm in area – up to 30% larger than existing homes.

All Existing Residents Will Get a New Home

All the 14 remaining secure tenants on Knight’s Walk will get a new home at council level rent which meets their needs, based on a detailed assessment of their situation. This assessment looked at a large number of things including what size of home each particular household needs. We have also looked at how the new homes can respond flexibly to changing resident needs over time.

New Affordable Homes

In addition to the 14 existing residents that will be provided with new council level rented homes, the proposed development delivers a further 25 affordable homes. Combined together, the proposed Knights Walk development delivers 39 affordable homes, in line with the council’s tenancy strategy and planning policy. With 50% affordable homes, the Knights Walk development delivers a significantly higher percentage of affordable homes when compared to the London average for new developments. In line with the council’s commitment to build ‘mixed and balanced’ communities, a proportion of the new homes will be intermediate homes for rent or shared ownership homes for existing leaseholders wishing to stay on the estate. These homes will provide housing options for those Lambeth residents that don’t qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private sector.

New Private Homes

The new affordable homes are funded by HfL building new private homes on site. Knights Walk includes 45 private homes which will help pay for new affordable homes. 

Having Your Say

The application has been submitted and you need to comment on the application within the next 5 weeks as it has been agreed to extend the normal 21 day consultation period over the Christmas period and into January 2018. The Planning Authority will write directly to you and your neighbours to let them know that the application has been submitted and the key dates they need to be aware of. To support residents and neighbours in viewing the planning application in full, a drop-in exhibition will be arranged once it has been checked and validated by the Planning Authority.

There will be an informal drop in on 19.12.17 from 5:30-7pm at No.15 Knight’s Walk; RSVP here

And a Public Drop in Exhibition on 16.01.18 from 5:30-7:30pm at No.15 Knight’s Walk. RSVP here

Comments on the planning application can be sent:

Via E-mail to:

[email protected]

In writing to:

Lambeth Planning, Phoenix House, First Floor, 10 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LL.

You should quote the planning application reference number 17/05992/RG3 with any comments.

More information on commenting on a planning application is available here.

If you would like any further information about the scheme or the planned exhibition please contact:

[email protected]

Further information for residents is available at: http://estateregeneration.lambeth.gov.uk/knights_walk

Contact your local independent resident adviser PPCR:
Name: Loraine Ophelia 
Contact: 0207 407 7452 
Freephone: 0800 317 066
E: [email protected]

 

Timetable

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