The eighth newsletter by the Development Management Team has been produced for Westbury and is available to read here.
Inside this issue:
- Coming up in February/March
- Study Trip 2nd February
- Masterplan Update
- Landscape Update
- Public Exhibition
- Dilan's Update
- Update from Newman Francis
- Site Investigations
A refined masterplan was presented at January’s REP and the Public Exhibition. Following a pre application meeting with Lambeth planners the team have
been looking again at the series of buildings next to Heathbrook Park.
The refinements produce the following benefits:
- All maisonettes have front & private rear gardens
- All maisonettes have direct access to secure communal garden space.
- All communal garden space for blocks A and B is secure and separate from the public realm;
- A new pocket public space at the end of the North-West route adjacent to St. Rule Street;
- The ‘Angled’ wall can be removed from block A1, creating a more efficient and rectangular plan
- The height of Block E and the impact it will have on views and light.
- Four cores serve blocks A and B, improving cost efficiency;
Maintains a high percentage (89%) of dual aspect homes;
- The refinements seem sensible but can the team revisit the idea of having public routes through the estate as well as some communal open space
- Make sure that the team aim for as high as a % of dual aspect homes as possible
- Ensure that while the single aspect homes are mainly one bedrooms the majority of one bedroom homes are dual aspect. Tom from Metropolitan Workshop confirmed that this is the case.
Andre from Camlins has been continuing his work on approaches to open space which looked again at the proximity of doorstep play to homes. It was felt that
it was a good idea to have some play accessible to people from the estate and open to the public but also to have some play within secure communal spaces.
Residents thought that it was very important to gather feedback from neighbours and particularly residents of the tower blocks and therefore the comments combine feedback from the REP and the Public Exhibition.
In November we held workshops and outreach on the Key Guarantees which enabled us to feed back to the Council a great deal of information with your views about the promises Lambeth Council has so far made to residents. We hope to see
these views reflected in the final version of the Key Guarantees.
Recently we spoke with over 50 residents from Amesbury and Durrington Towers about how the regeneration will impact on them. Lots of you told us that car parking in the new development is a major issue for you! Current information on parking is available in No. 7 Fovant Court.
Over the next few weeks and months we will be working to support residents’ involvement in the planning process, establishing when more detailed information about living costs in the new homes will be available and also arranging an additional workshop on valuations for leaseholders.
Telephone: 020 8536 1436
As set out in the information distributed to residents in December, the site investigations for the Westbury Estate will take place in two sections. The investigations for Phase 1 were completed on the 18th January and the second phase are due to start on week beginning 6th February.
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 do not mean that works are about to commence.
In December we distributed a map of the test locations and in the week prior to the works starting,we contacted the homes which are close to these sites. The contractors have agreed to the working hours of 8am - 4pm. If you have any questions please call 0800 0720 265.
There will also be CCTV investigations of the drains on the estate at the same time. These investigations will require each manhole cover on site to be lifted and inspected using a CCTV camera.