News: 3 November 2020Two Estate regenerations, years in the making, approved

Two estate regeneration schemes, set to provide over 6,000 homes in London, were approved last month, after over a decade of support from our inter-disciplinary team. 

At Kidbrooke Village, the latest Planning Application to be approved by the Royal Borough of Greenwich for Berkeley Homes East Thames, has secured an uplift of 302 homes across the masterplan (4,966 to 5,268) which includes an additional 106 affordable homes of which 82 will be for London Affordable Rent. It also includes additional public realm, park enhancements and a bespoke pavilion building within the Metropolitan Open Land for the London Wildlife Trust.

This latest phase offers up significant intensification of occupation, and since its original submission to the Council’s Planning Board in July (2020), we have worked closely with them to understand and address their concerns around height, transport capacity and the location of the affordable housing provision and reconsulting. Revisions include a reduction in the maximum height of the scheme from 17 to 15 storeys, while further clarification on train capacity has demonstrated that Kidbrooke Village is able to offer a well-connected and sustainable location, for an exemplar mixed and balanced community.

HAVING WORKED WITH BERKELEY ON KIDBROOKE SINCE ITS INCEPTION MORE THAN A DECADE AGO, IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO HAVE HELPED SUPPORT THIS LATEST APPROVAL. ITS ONGOING PROGRESS REINFORCES WHY IT IS DEEMED TO BE ONE OF THE CAPITAL'S MOST SUCCESSFUL ESTATE REGENERATION SCHEMES.
Planning Director, Bob McCurry

Hot on the heels of the Kidbrooke Village approval, our London team received more great news, as they secured a resolution to grant planning permission for the 1,108 homes via the regeneration of the iconic Alton Estate in Roehampton. The team drove the preparation of this hybrid planning application, which proposes a phased mixed-use development comprising 1,108 new homes, including 261 affordable homes, along with 9,377 sqm of non-residential floorspace, within buildings of between 1 and 9 storeys.

The post-war social housing estate, famed for its brutalist architecture and spectacular setting next to an array of listed buildings and Richmond Park, will be transformed with the aim of delivering hugely enhanced quality of life for existing and new residents, through the delivery of high quality homes. Homes that offer greater choice of scale and tenure, alongside high quality community facilities, public realm and commercial floorspace, all combined to provide the conditions for the community to thrive and deliver a better place to live, work and play.

BARTON WILLMORE HAVE BEEN ‘INSTRUMENTAL’ IN SECURING THE ALTON ESTATE CONSENT - WELL DONE TO ALL THE TEAM AND WBC - A GREAT PROJECT WHICH WILL HAVE A HUGE POSITIVE IMPACT ON RESIDENTS NEW AND OLD.
Leigh Johnson, Head of Master Development & Design at Homes England

Public realm, open spaces and children’s play areas have been high on the agenda within both schemes, given the proven health and wellbeing opportunity they present for residents. Kidbrooke Village is integrated within 23 acres of new parkland and public open space, which will include 1,000 newly planted trees, whilst Alton Estate offers an upgrade to what will now be called the Parkland Quarter - an area of green space for recreation and relaxing, which can be accessed by visitors, but primarily exists for the benefit of estate residents.

Blanket regeneration of London’s housing estates is by no means the answer to London’s housing crisis. But, schemes that can be brought forward with substantial local political and community support, and that can clearly highlight commercial viability can make a real difference. Not only to housing numbers but also providing a better quality of life/place for current residents.

Estate regeneration is unlike other development of this scale, it is complicated, and without significant private investment regeneration projects such as Kidbrooke and Alton simply wouldn’t be achieved. For investors there are big risks, huge upfront costs, lengthy financial return, do we need to be doing more to support these investors to enable the creation of more homes and healthier places in the UK’s capital?

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Estate Regeneration, Affordable Housing, Public Realm, Urban Green Space, Healthy Communities


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