Wandsworth Council secures another approval to build more homes as part of its 1,000 Homes Programme

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The council, advised by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, has been given the go ahead for an infill development scheme on a site in Putney creating 41 more homes as part of its 1,000 homes programme.

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An artist's impression of the scheme

The new plans for infill development on the Kersfield Estate will see a mix of one, two and three bed apartments replacing garage buildings, poor quality areas of open space and an electricity substation, increasing housing capacity by 41 new homes. All homes will be prioritised for Wandsworth residents and workers to either rent or own.

The Kersfield Estate is part of a residential area east of Putney Hill and sits adjacent to the Rusholme Road Conservation Area. It currently comprises of three double stacked maisonette blocks, each of four storeys and a total of 51 apartments and maisonettes.

Chris Jones, Wandsworth Council’s assistant director for housing strategy and development, said: “With Tibbald’s assistance we have been able to gain planning approval to develop this site. A key factor in this success has been the approach taken to resident engagement and how plans have then been developed and adapted to take on resident comments including accommodating the retention of more trees. Tibbalds, Mae’s and Camlins have also been able to help us develop landscape and environmental improvements which will benefit existing and future residents.”

The scheme is part of the council-led programme to develop 1,000 mixed tenure homes on infill sites by 2025. The plans for the Kersfield Estate also include replacement trees and planting, significant landscape improvements including a new children’s play space, bike and refuse storage.

Lizzie Le Mare, Associate Director at Tibbalds, said: “The positioning of the buildings has been carefully considered to retain as many good quality trees as possible and to create a landscape between the buildings that is usable and feels safe and secure.”  

Cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Kim Caddy, added: “This is another example of how we as a council are working closely with our planners and partners, to build more homes to meet local housing needs. Improvements to the new children’s play space will also help to re-energise and promote better community cohesion.”