Last night Lambeth’s Planning Application Committee resolved to grant outline planning permission, subject to signing a legal agreement, for the wider masterplan for the Westbury Estate. The plans will provide better homes for current residents and more homes for those currently on our housing waiting list.
On the 20th March Lambeth’s Planning Application Committee resolved to grant outline planning permission, subject to signing a legal agreement, for the wider masterplan for the Westbury Estate. The outline planning application sets out the maximum number of new homes, the height of new buildings and their position in relation to surrounding buildings. There will be further applications before anything is built called Reserved Matters applications. These are used to agree the material, flat plans, landscaping and parking etc.
All existing residents will get a new home
All the 38 remaining secure tenants on Westbury Estate will get a new home at council rent which meets their needs based on a detailed assessment of their situation.
New affordable homes
In addition to the 38 existing residents that will be provided with new council level rented homes, the proposed development delivers 64 new council rent homes (as part of St James Phase 1), a further 33 new homes for people on the council’s waiting list and 18 shared ownership homes for existing homeowners.
In line with the council’s commitment to build ‘mixed and balanced’ communities, a proportion of the new homes will be intermediate homes for rent or shared ownership homes for existing leaseholders wishing to stay on the estate. These homes will provide housing options for those Lambeth residents that don’t qualify for social housing but are priced out of the private sector.
New private homes
The new affordable homes are funded by Homes for Lambeth (HfL) building new private homes on site. Westbury Estate includes up to 181 private homes which are needed to pay for the delivery of the affordable homes.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council said:
“I’m pleased that planning permission has been given for the rebuilding of Westbury Estate, providing a new home for every council tenant and additional council rent homes for local families as part of our commitment to tackling Lambeth’s housing crisis. We are delivering on our guarantees to existing tenants and resident leaseholders to provide them with a brand new home built to the highest standard on their estate – and the overall scheme will provide dozens of new genuinely affordable homes for local people.”