Lend Lease gets planning permission for first homes in Elephant & Castle’s Heygate Estate

The first new homes to be built in the regeneration of Elephant & Castle’s Heygate Estate have been given the go-ahead.

Southwark Council resolved to grant a detailed planning permission for 235 new homes which form the first phase of the Heygate regeneration. They will be delivered by Lend Lease in partnership with the council.

Lend Lease’s managing director of residential development in the UK, Mark Dickinson, said:
“Together with the recent outline planning approval for the regeneration of the Heygate Estate and the successful sales launch of our landmark One The Elephant development, this planning approval has enabled our commitment to the transformation of Elephant & Castle to gather real momentum.

“We have a 15 year development plan for the area and we’re committed to creating a healthy and thriving urban quarter that enriches and integrates with the surrounding, well-established neighbourhood. During a wide-ranging and thorough consultation, we’ve worked closely with the community and listened to their feedback. This feedback has helped shape the final development and influenced many improvements to the scheme, such as a reduction in density, the introduction of more family-sized homes, additional landscaping works to transform Victory Place, a reduction in car parking and the retention of as many existing mature trees as possible. We are also making a financial contribution towards a community project bank that will deliver public realm improvements to Balfour Street such as tree planting, traffic calming and pavement widening.

“We’re excited at the prospect of the regeneration now getting underway and we plan to be on site later this year.”

An integral part of the regeneration area, the 1.14ha site located adjacent to the Heygate Estate along Rodney Road and Victory Community Park will deliver high quality architecture and spacious, well-designed homes. These will vary in size from studios to four bedrooms and will be delivered across eight residential buildings of varying height, with a commitment to providing a minimum of 25 per cent affordable homes.

Designed by architects de Rijke Marsh Morgan, the new units will be among the most sustainable yet built in Britain, with every one meeting Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and requirements of the London Plan. Almost half of the development will be made up of publicly accessible and bio-diverse landscaped habitats, including a tree-lined pedestrian street that will improve pedestrian and cycle connections in the area, along with 291 cycle spaces, children’s play area, new green space and public realm.

The homes will be set within a variety of landscaped habitat areas which include: a woodland walk; a rain pool and wetland feature that filters rain water into the ground slowly; and a garden square and al fresco café space for residents and the wider community to enjoy. The café and retail space is a key feature of the development and will be let on affordable terms to help foster local business.

Each home will also benefit from other sustainability features such as a private outdoor space, balcony or garden, clean air quality, underfloor heating, low energy consumption, and good access to daylight.

This planning decision is the next milestone of the Elephant & Castle regeneration after the approval of the Heygate Outline Masterplan last month. This set out the blueprint for 15 years of regeneration on the Heygate Estate site, including Central London’s largest new park in 70 years.

Lend Lease plans to start selling the homes in the phase one development in April and start construction later this year. With completion expected in 2015, the 235 new residential units will be the first in the regeneration to be lived in.

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