Earlier this week Knight’s Walk Group Residents Engagement Panel invited the Development Management Team to their meeting to discuss the first draft of the Residents’ Brief.
After gathering all of your comments and feedback over the last few months from walkabouts, public drop-ins, study trips and events, the Development Management Team had the opportunity to present and discuss the first draft of the Knight’s Walk Residents’ Brief with the Residents Engagement Panel this week. You can see the full draft here.
We went through the priorities that residents have shared with us, discussing what these would mean for the partial redevelopment at Knight’s Walk and asked the Resident Engagement Panel to tell us if they agreed or disagreed with them. Collectively we considered any changes and amendments required in order to make sure that this Brief is the best possible summary of residents’ views.
Architects Doug and Nick, from Mae, demonstrated what some of the priorities from the Draft Residents’ Brief might mean in terms of height and size using the model of Knight’s Walk.
The Landscape Architect, Des, and Nataly from the make:good team passed around key images from the Study Trip and the Public Drop-in showing example outdoor spaces and landscapes which represented some of the priorities which were listed in the Residents’ Brief.
- Bin stores should be secure and discreet but only used and accessible for Knight’s Walk residents. Security is to be prioritised over discreet location
- When talking about the size and height of the partial redevelopment it was agreed that it is important to keep the area around Knight’s Walk and Kempsford Road as low as possible and retain a more village feel.
- Public lighting should be part of a whole-estate lighting strategy, identifying when and where lights will be on/off
- Some residents talked about the importance of having enough space around entrances so that neighbours can move freely in and out without disrupting each-other.
- A point was made about landscape around private entrances requiring maintenance, not just public and communal outdoor space.
- Safe crossings around Knight’s Walk were an important theme that was raised and this will be discussed further with the Highways team at Lambeth
- Sheltered housing in the new developments was discussed and the potential for some provisions such as grouped homes and hard wiring for warden calls to be explored.