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Westbury Estate Newsletter 14

The Development Management Team have published Newsletter 14 for Westbury Estate and it is available to read here.


The Development Management Team have published Newsletter 14 for Westbury Estate and it is available to read here.




WHATS HAPPENING - Planning Application Update

Lambeth are intending to submit the outline planning application to Lambeth Planning Department around the end of September 2017. We will write to all low rise residents letting them know that the application has been submitted. Tenants in the low rise blocks will get a letter, and leaseholders in the low rise all receive a ‘notice’ as well as a letter.

The outline planning application will set out the number of new homes, the height of the new buildings and their position in relation to the surrounding buildings. There will be further applications before we build anything called Reserved Matters applications. These are used to agree the material, flat plans, landscaping and parking etc.

Once the applications have been checked by the planning department residents and some neighbours will receive a notification letter from the Planning Department letting people know how to provide comments.

A copy of all the planning documents will be available in No. 7 Fovant Court as well as available to view online via Lambeth’s website www.estateregeneration.lambeth.gov.uk/westbury



Following May’s Public Exhibition St James and EPR Architects have been refining the phase 1 buildings and prepared some updated visuals of their buildings.


The window locations have been refined in response to tweaks to the interior layouts to maximise the internal storage and flexibility of positioning furniture. The new visuals reflect that the brick colour will be more buff and less grey as depicted in the previous visuals showed.



The balcony supports and roofs have been removed to the 1st and 2nd floor homes to maximise the daylight and sunlight entering the rooms beyond. In response to resident feedback the metal cladding on the 3rd and 4th floors have been removed and this building will now be predominantly brick. 



At our recent public events we gathered feedback from residents of 418 Wandsworth Road and residents of Durrington Tower that Block E would have a negative impact on their homes and we wanted to set out the design thinking behind Block E’s location.

Throughout this project we have heard regularly how important the green space around the towers is and therefore the masterplan, as approved by Lambeth’s cabinet in 2015, has always minimised the amount of new buildings on this green space. In order to balance building heights across the whole masterplan and keep the majority of the buildings between 5–7 storeys the masterplan has always included a taller building in Block E’s approximate location.

However, in response to previous feedback the DMT had already refined the location and massing (as shown to the left) of Block E and tried to balance the distance from 418 Wandsworth Road, the relationship with Durrington Tower and the loss of mature trees on the corner of Portslade Road and Wandsworth Road which are specifically referenced in the Residents’ Brief: 

‘The mature trees to the South East frontage of the estate close to Wandsworth Road are particularly important and must be retained.’


In March Lambeth started to think in more detail about the phasing of the new buildings and proposed the below phasing:

At the same time we wanted to explore ways of shortening the length of construction time and therefore disruption to residents. One of the possibilities was to bring forward Phase 2 so that it overlapped with Phase 1, however, having reviewed this approach and gathering feedback from residents Lambeth have decided to keep the phasing as below.  If the phasing changes then we have committed to providing at least 6 months notice to residents.




In the coming months Lambeth will start being more proactive in their negotiations with non-resident leaseholders and leaseholders who have indicated they want to leave the estate. Alongside this Lambeth will be starting the CPO process as a formal process necessary to ensuring The Council can deliver the full masterplan as planned. 

If you have any questions about selling your home back to Lambeth please attend one of our weekly drop ins on Tuesday afternoons, 4 – 6pm, or the 1st and 3rd Monday leaseholder drop-ins in 7 Fovant Court or contact me by PHONE: 0207 926 9395 or E-MAIL: [email protected]







Over the summer make:good will be continuing with their weekly drop ins, tending to the produce growing in the No.7 garden and getting all crafty while we make preparations for our feast on the 16th September. We are calling all foodies, makers, musicians and anybody with a celebratory hobby to get in touch, come along and get involved.



We hope you and your families are enjoying the summer. Regeneration is a complex and difficult process and we’d like to thank the many residents who have taken the time to get involved, attend the REP meetings and also get in touch with us for advice and information. Through the REP meetings residents’ views have been taken into account and so helped play a part in influencing the designs of the new homes.  

We expect the Planning Application to be submitted at the end of September. The Council aims to publish a new set of valuations for the leasehold properties very soon. We expect consultation around the new tenancies and leases to begin in the Autumn. The Council is also closer to putting into place the support that vulnerable residents will need throughout the regeneration. There will be lots going on once the summer ends. During August we will be talking to residents in the low-rise buildings as usual and also undertaking outreach in the Tower Blocks.

Best wishes,

Howard, NewmanFrancis Independent Advisor Service  

Activities in August:

Outreach in the Towers on Wednesday 23 August. 

Durrington Tower: 4.00pm to 5.30pm 

Amesbury Tower: 5.30pm to 7.00pm

For more information:

T: 0208 536 1436 / 0800 644 6040 (Freephone)

Email: [email protected]