FAQs

Will there be any further public consultation events?

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There will be further events organised as designs for the site are developed with the next exhibition planned for the summer. We are expecting to submit a detailed planning application in September this year but this will be subject to review.

Is it too late to give comments on the proposed plans?

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No. Please send us your comments, we would like to hear from you as the proposals develop. Everyone is welcome to attend our events and comment on the proposals.

Will new residents have their own refuse and recycling storage?

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Yes, dedicated refuse and recycling storage.

How will existing residents be affected by the construction of the new homes?

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Building new homes on the estate will lead to a period of disruption whilst the work is completed. We will try our best to minimise this and by staying in contact with you throughout the process you will be able to directly influence the way this is managed.

How many parking spaces will be provided for the new development?

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We are obliged to follow planning policy with regard to the provision of parking. Lambeth planning policy encourages zero car development to reduce pressure on the environment and the local roads. Provision will be made for car club parking bays and for disabled parking spaces. New homes will not be allocated with parking permits. 

Will existing residents be given the option of renting the new homes?

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This will be decided at a later date when planning and funding for the development has been confirmed. The Council may look to introduce a Local Lettings Plan which would give the residents of Darlington House most affected by the construction of new homes the option of bidding before they are made available to the wider waiting list. Local Lettings Plans are defined within the Lambeth Allocation Scheme 2013. 

Who will be delivering the new development?

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We need more and better homes in Lambeth. Homes for Lambeth will mean the council can build these much-needed homes at council rent, intermediate rent and market-rent levels with options for long tenancies and stable rents. Homes for Lambeth is a new group of companies which will be wholly owned by the council.

Homes for Lambeth will also to sell and rent privately which will pay for the new and better homes. It will also allow the council to reinvest the 15-20% development surplus that private developers normally make into the borough.

The way Homes for Lambeth will be structured puts its governance firmly within the council’s democratic structures. A new ‘Ownership and Stewardship Committee’ will be created. All decisions made by the cabinet will be based on recommendations from this committee and will be subject to the normal checks and balances of the council’s constitution. The committee will

How tall will the development be?

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The height and massing may be subject to further design work but the new building is currently proposed to be six storeys in height. 

Will the ballcourt and play space be re-provided?

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Yes. Plans include for a replacement ballcourt to the front of Hunter House and propose a new children’s play area to the centre of the communal gardens along with landscaping and other improvements. 

What will happen to the existing disused community centre?

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under these proposals with the site landscaped to provide a new ballcourt and open area. Our proposals include 70m2 non-residential space on the ground floor of the new block which could be used by the community. The council’s policy is to support community facilities only where they can demonstrate a viable business plan. This is because under-used estate buildings add to the service charges of all residents and can create long term management issues. We intend to advertise this new space to find an appropriate long term tenant and would encourage interested local groups to get in touch. 

Will existing security issues on Hemans Estate be addressed, such as poor lighting?

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New proposals include landscaping and general improvements to the surrounding estate, and are mindful of the need to improve security. This will include the provision of additional lighting where it is needed. We are also proposing gate access to the gardens of Lockyer and Charman Houses. 

When will the new building be built, how long will the construction period be and when is work likely to begin?

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We are looking to submit a planning application in the autumn of 2017. Subject to approval the work is likely to begin in the summer of 2018 and could be 12-18 months in construction. 

How many homes are proposed?

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The exact number of homes will be subject to further design work as well as our conversations with planners and local residents. However we anticipate being able to provide around 22 new homes on our site. 

What type of homes are you building?

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We are proposing to develop a range of homes with at least 40% affordable homes across the development. The council is committed to delivering homes at council rent levels and these will go to local residents through choice based lettings. Private homes at market rent levels will subsidise affordable homes whilst creating mixed communities.

Will existing trees be removed to make room for new development?

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The proposed development may require the removal of the trees around the Darlington ball-court. However this loss would be balanced by the introduction of new trees, planting and landscaping at three locations around the estate. 

Will existing homes be demolished to make way for new housing?

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No existing residential buildings will be demolished for new development. We are considering the demolition of the disused boiler room adjacent to Hunter House and the demolition of the disused community centre.

Why can’t the new homes be built somewhere else?

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Lambeth is looking to build new housing on small sites it owns across the borough. Hemans Estate is one of many similar projects currently being undertaken.

Why has the Darlington ball-court been chosen for development?

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We have undertaken a comprehensive appraisal exercise across the Hemans estate, looking at a number of locations where new homes could be delivered and working with residents on the estate to explore these options. The Darlington ballcourt provides the best balance between delivering new homes whilst minimising impact to existing residents. 

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