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)
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.”
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.
Southwark Council’s Cabinet has approved funding for the Kipling Garages scheme at its meeting on 19 July
The decision comes after Southwark Council officers reviewed the Kipling Scheme and the CBS, and were content that it presented an ongoing and viable proposition to deliver 27 new council homes.
The Council agreed to release just over £3 million for the scheme (approximately 35% of the total £9.7 million cost) from the Council’s Housing Investment Programme. The remaining sum would be release from the Council’s Section 106 funds, subject to the separate approval of the Council’s planning committee – with the hope that this will be decided at the September meeting.
Read details of the council’s decision on the Southwark Website
A packed meeting at the JMB offices on Monday, 19 May, discussed the latest steps in the plan for new council-rent homes on the Kipling Estate, discussing the potential size and shape of any new development.
Hari Phillips, from architects Bell Phillips, gave a presentation setting out the possibilities of what could be built on the site, given technical and planning restrictions and what residents had told previous meetings. The aim was to go for about 31 homes (which would meet the immediate housing need identified in the area) and a minimum of 24 homes.
Download the Kipling Garages options presentation (Note: VERY large pdf – 21MB)
The people at the meeting had a full and detailed discussion and two options preferred options came out from the discussion.
The majority of people went for a design with two towers, one of 10 storeys, a smaller one of 5 stories, joined together by a lower block of 2 storeys (model shown above). This would provide about 34 new homes and is called Option 5B in the presentation.
The other popular design had a taller single tower on the corner of Guy Street and Weston street, with a lower 2-storey block stretching along Weston Street. This would have 28 new homes and is Continue reading