Category Archives: News

View the latest designs for the new homes on the Joseph Lancaster Site

On 21st June Lawson residents came along to give their views on the latest designs for the new CBS homes on the Joseph Lancaster site.

Hari Phillips, from Bell Phillips Architects provided a review of the previous two residents’ consultations to explain how we have got to the current plans, incorporating the comments and feedback received from residents throughout the design process. Residents discussed the location of the new homes and the height and massing options.

Read the Joseph Lancaster design presentation (large file 28MB)

Residents were asked to give their views on the current design and give their feedback.

Read Lawson residents’ feedback

If you would like to provide your comments on the design, please send your feedback to Jane Mepham at or call on 020 7450 8023.

Take our residents’ survey on the Estates Improvement Plan

Lyly House 2 2014






The Leathermarket JMB & CBS are working together to produce an Estates Improvement Plan. The aim is to produce a long term plan about how we meet residents’ aspirations for their block and estates.

We would like to know our residents’ views:

  • As part of the good management of your estate; to ensure we take on your views about the management, maintenance, and improvements of your estate.
  • To contribute to the work of Leathermarket CBS in building new affordable homes for residents in housing need; in particular to ensure that the right type of homes are built for JMB residents.

To take the survey please click here:

If you would like help completing the survey or to arrange a time for a discussion, please contact Jane Mepham, CBS Project Officer at or on telephone 020 7450 8023.

Kipling development takes step forward as council approves funding package

Leathermarket CBS’s first development – 27 new council homes on the Kipling estate – has taken a huge step forwards with the final element of the funding package agreed by the Council’s planning committee today (12 September 2016)

tooley-street-offices Southwark Planning CommitteeSouthwark Planning Committee


The Planning Committee agreed the release of £6,280,179.75 of section 106 contributions from five developments – including £1.5 million from the new flats built on the former Valentines pub on the corner of the Kipling estate and and just over £2.6 million from the Fielden House/St Thomas Street development.

John Paul Maytum, Chair of Leathermarket CBS, said:

“This is fantastic news, particularly for the residents who have worked so hard to bring together the plans for these homes. To be building new council homes in the shadow of the Shard is the most fantastic achievement and we are absolutely delighted with this decision.

“We’d also like to thank everyone at Southwark Council – from the Leader, Senior Directors and the members of their teams for the vision and support they have given to us over the last four years  – showing that Southwark is at the forefront of housing thinking in this country.

“We hope to receive formal planning approval for the scheme within the next few days and then it will be full speed ahead, so people will be able to get the keys to their new homes.”

Design Council case study cover

Design Council takes lessons from Leathermarket CBS

The Design Council has given national prominence to the lessons learned from the Leathermarket CBS Kipling Garages scheme as part of its Community-led design and development programme.

The Leathermarket CBS/ Leathermarket JMB Case study is part of a Government-funded programme which shows how resident leadership and involvement, working in conjunction with landlord organisations, delivers much better homes for communities.

The Design Council concluded: “Where residents and landlords work together, new housing is more likely to meet the needs of the community and create a place that residents feel proud of. This means people want to stay in the neighbourhood and are more likely to look after it.”

The case study highlights how Leathermarket CBS and Leathermarket JMB, working with expert partners Bell Phillips Architects and igloo have gone about working with residents to bring forward the plans for the Kipling Esate garages site highlighting top tips for other organisations to learn from, together with solutions found and lessons learned.

Read the Leathermarket case study.

Read more about the Design Council’s Community-led Development programme.