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South Lambeth Estate December 2017 Newsletter

The planning application for South Lambeth 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.


We are pleased to confirm that the planning application for South Lambeth Estate 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.

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.

UPDATE - Lambeth's outline application has now been validated and the reference number is 17/05993/OUT . You can view the application click here.

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

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 view planning application documents:


Council drop in, Every Tuesday | 3:30 - 7pm | 2 Broadstone House 

Join your independent advisor Yvonne, Cleo from Lambeth and Claire from Tibbalds every Tuesday for Council Drop in session where there will be opportunities to view the planning application documents and ask questions. 

Public drop in 11.01.18 | 3:30 - 8pm | 2 Broadstone House

The Development Management Team will be holding a public drop in session 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.

REP Meeting | 30.01.18 | 6:30pm | 2 Broadstone House
This meeting will include updates from Lambeth and the Development Management Team including an update about the planning application. RSVP here.
Why South Lambeth Estate?

The existing homes on the South Lambeth Estate do not meet current design or insulation standards or meet the needs of many of the long-term 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. 

South Lambeth is also developed at very low density, with the exception of Wimborne House, 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, 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 their 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 South Lambeth 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 3-6 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 362 new homes on South Lambeth responds to the residents’ brief, and the council and Homes for Lambeth are committed to delivering the proposed scheme.

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 362 new homes, 103 will be one-bedroomed homes. The existing one-bedroom homes are 40 sqm in area and the new homes will range from 51 to 61 sqm in area – up to 53% larger than current homes.

152 homes will be two-bedroomed homes. There are no existing two-bedroomed homes on the estate.  The new homes will range from 72 to 81 sqm in area.  

99 homes will be three-bedroomed homes. The existing three-bedroomed homes are 76 sqm in area and the new homes will range from 88 to 104 sqm in area – up to 37% larger than current homes.

A further 8 homes will be four-bedroomed homes.  The existing four-bedroom homes are 86 sqm in area and the new homes will range from 100sqm to 125sqm – up to 45% larger than current homes.

All existing residents will get a new home

All the 51 remaining secure tenants on South Lambeth will get a new home at council 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. All leaseholders will be given the opportunity to move into a brand new home on the estate as well. 

New affordable homes

In addition to the 51 existing residents that will be provided with new council level rented homes, the proposed development delivers a further 62 new affordable homes plus 20 replacement shared ownership homes for existing homeowners. 

Combined together, the proposed South Lambeth development delivers 133 affordable homes, in line with the council’s tenancy strategy and planning policy. Upon completion of the South Lambeth development, 50% of the habitable rooms across the wider estate, including retained blocks, will be affordable. 

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; South Lambeth includes 229 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 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 a Public Drop in Exhibition on 11.12.18 from 3:30-8pm at 2 Broadstone House. RSVP here.

Comments on the planning application can be sent to [email protected] or in writing to: Lambeth Planning, Phoenix House, First Floor, 10 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2LL.  

You should quote the planning application reference number with any comments.

More information on commenting on a planning application is available at: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications-and-policies/comment-on-a-planning-application

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: 
Contact your local independent resident adviser TPAS:
Name: Yvonne
Contact: 07445 823 726
TPAS Freephone: 0800 731 1619
Email: [email protected]
Timetable December - January