Last night the Council’s preferred option for the redevelopment for Knight’s Walk was presented to a public meeting in the Cinema Museum. This public meeting was held after a long and extensive period of consultation with residents and those who live close to Knight’s Walk.
If approved these proposals would see:
- The partial redevelopment of Knight’s Walk;
- The following homes would be demolished and replaced: 5a - f, 7, 9, 11a - f, 13, 15, 17 and 19 Knight's Walk;
- The following homes would be retained: 1, 2, 3 Kempsford Road, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 16, 18 and 20 Knight's Walk;
- Subject to planning, a total of 82 new homes would be built with 64 additional homes, of which at least 25 will be at Council level rents.
These proposals (which will be discussed at the 9th November Council Cabinet meeting) would deliver 82 much needed additional homes for the borough and also give all existing residents the guarantee of a home that meets their needs. Where existing residents need to move, then new homes can be bespoke to meet their needs with all homes capable of adaptation as people's needs change. Ground floor properties can be prioritised for existing vulnerable residents.
While other options would have delivered more homes, the Council has to be certain it can deliver the scheme. While the more comprehensive solutions are viable they also bring with them significantly increased risks. This is due to the high up front costs of purchasing properties in an area of high property and land values, the presence of a tube line under Knight's Walk, and the planning constraints on tall buildings. The increased risks are something the council cannot run. Also this proposal respects the context of the site and the surrounding area and responds to many of the concerns of residents and neighbours.
To provide as much certainty as possible at this stage we have put together an indicative timeline of what we expect to happen if the Council Cabinet agrees to these proposals on the 9th November.
- Appoint of Development Manager by December 2015
- Masterplanning through to Summer 2016
- Confirm masterplan and business plan September 2016
- Planning application December 2016
- Start building Summer 2017
This means we do not expect any building work to start until the Summer of the 2017. Depending on the outcome of the 9th November Cabinet meeting we will be developing a further engagement programme for the project.
If you would like to make a representation at the November Cabinet meeting you will need to contact the meeting clerk, David Rose ([email protected]; 0207 926 1037) by Friday 6th November. Please note that you can also attend the meeting if you do not wish to speak without informing the clerk.
In the meantime you can sign up for email updates from Knight’s Walk regeneration team via:
Alternatively you can contact the Knight’s Walk regeneration team via:
T: 020 7926 0385
E: [email protected]
Update - 30/10/2015
The Council Cabinet papers about the proposed partial redevelopment of Knight’s Walk has been published. You can read them by clicking here.
If redevelopment were to take place, then the Council's Key Guarantees to residents will become effective for all residents whose homes will be replaced. These Key Guarantees include:
- For tenants, that you are guaranteed a new home on the estate, sized according to your housing needs; and
- For leaseholders, that there are a variety of options which will enable you to remain living on the estate in a new home.
You can see more details on the Key Guarantees on the link below:
The Cabinet meeting which will consider will take place on the 9th November.