The seventh newsletter by the Development Management Team has been produced for Westbury and is available to read here.
Inside this issue:
- Upcoming in December and January
- Events in 7 Fovant Court
- Siddiqa's Update
- Design Update
- Approach to Open Spaces
- Update from Newman Francis
- Upcoming Site Investigations
Site investigations will be carried out across the Westbury estate to test the ground conditions.
We are moving January’s REP meeting to 11th January as we will not have a meeting in December and want to show more refined ideas. All residents are welcome to attend these meetings. RSVP here.
We will be visiting a completed project to have a look at examples of the outdoor spaces,entrances and spaces in between the buildings. Please book in advance as places are limited. RSVP here.
January's Public Drop In
Updated design proposals for the way the new buildings and spaces in between might look. The architects and landscape architects will be present to talk to residents in more detail. RSVP here for the 18th January and here for the 21st January.
1. On 19th November we got our hands dirty at Green Fingers and planted vegetables with David from Bandstand Beds. Join us on January 21st for more food growing fun! RSVP here.
2. Residents have been telling us stories and sharing memories for our Westbury Estate Archive. If you haven’t shared anything yet drop into No.7 for a chat and a nice cuppa. RSVP for Friday's Session here.
3. Some adventurous residents joined us on an Interiors Study Trip to see some homes by Maccreanor Lavington. Feedback was generally positive, especially about the room sizes. Join us on our next trip in January RSVP here.
This will be my final update for the Westbury Estate as I will be leaving Lambeth Council this month. I have particularly enjoyed meeting residents at exhibitions, REP/TRA meetings and at 7 Fovant Court.
I am in no doubt that as a result of your input, the new homes on the estate will better respond to the needs of Westbury residents. Many of you will have met my colleague Dilan Alpasha who will be continuing to work with residents on Westbury along with other colleagues at Lambeth.
Housing Needs Assessment
Dilan has recently written to all leaseholders and tenants in the low-rise regarding housing needs surveys, please get in touch to arrange an appointment.
Thank you to everybody who submitted feedback on the Key Guarantees. We are now reviewing all of these comments and the Key Guarantees will be presented to cabinet in January 2017. A paper will be published one week in advance of the cabinet meeting.
Dilan can be contacted on 020 7926 9395
At the November REP meeting, the design team shared approaches to different components of the masterplan and gathered feedback.
All of this information, as well as information from previous meetings, is available online or in No.7 Fovant Court for residents to view and comment on. The public events in January will be open to all residents and neighbours of Westbury Estate to attend and talk through the work in more detail.
We would particularly value feedback on possible approaches to:
- Accessing and entering new homes
- vehicle access to the estate
- shared surfaces to calm traffic on the estate
- Incorporating parking and open space
- Including play within the open space
- The boundary with Heathbrook Park
In November we talked to residents about the types of open spaces and the character that these might have on the Westbury Estate. The starting point for these was the Residents’ Brief and policy requirements for open space. Every home will have their own private outdoor space either as a garden, balcony or a roof terrace but we also talked about the other types of open spaces.
We received mixed feedback from residents about the balance of communal gardens relating to individual blocks, and public gardens, which all residents can access. The team want to ensure that open spaces are safe and well used and that play provision is included in these spaces. These conversations will continue in the January Public Drop in, so please come along to share your thoughts.
A selection of smaller ‘doorstop’ play spaces near individual blocks for younger children was popular and residents told us that security, with a fence or boundary, was important. Some people shared concerns about noise and disturbance caused by the proximity to their homes but parents also told us it is important that their children can safely play outside and be seen from their homes.
The Residents’ Brief asks that we ‘avoid separating the housing and the park’ so the landscape team sketched some suggestions for people to provide feedback on. Some residents told us they didn’t like the more open approach with bollards instead of a fence so we are developing other ideas that mean the park is easier to get into but remains locked at night.
The consultation period for the Key Guarantees ended on the 21st November and
the Council has brought together all the comments it received. These were shared with Newman Francis and others this week and we have put this information on our website: www.newmanfrancis.org/projects/westbury-lambeth
We will be discussing the results of the consultation with Lambeth and the REP in January. Until then, please accept our very best wishes for the Christmas season and for the New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2017.
Telephone: 020 8536 1436
Site investigations will be carried out across various points on the Westbury Estate at the end of January. The team will share a full explanation of what investigations are expected to happen on the site, when, where and who it will affect at least two weeks prior to the works starting.
These investigations are necessary to test and check the ground conditions in and around the areas where new buildings are going to be built.
They are likely to have some noise and access implications on the Westbury estate and for this reason we will make sure that all the details are shared with residents at REP meetings, at Coffee and Cake, at No.7 Fovant Court and in the monthly newsletter.