A new monthly digest of stories about development projects in the affordable and social housing sector compiled by our news team

Carpenters Estate, London

Through its housing company Populo Living, Newham Council has come up with a master plan for the regeneration of the Carpenters Estate in Stratford, east London.

The plan will see 2,151 new homes built on the 23-acre site, more than 50% of which will be available for social rental.

A total of 314 existing homes will be restored to ensure that some current council tenants and owners can remain on the estate.

The master plan will now be submitted to the London Legacy Development Corporation. It also proposes improvements to local schools as well as commercial and community spaces.

Perryfields Road, Worcestershire

LR: Paul Breen, Managing Director of Living Space;  Matthew Crucefix, Director of Development (West and South) at Stonewater;  and Shane Robinson, Production Manager at Living Space, on the site

LR: Paul Breen, Managing Director of Living Space; Matthew Crucefix, Director of Development (West and South) at Stonewater; and Shane Robinson, Production Manager at Living Space, on the site

Work has started on an affordable housing development which has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of A and comprises 60 homes in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. The 4.27 acre Perryfields Road project is located just over a mile from the town centre.

The £10million scheme is being delivered to housing provider Stonewater by contractor Living Space.

The mixed homes will be installed with air-source heat pumps and rooftop solar photovoltaic panels and will be among the most eco-efficient affordable housing in the UK.

The first houses will be available to move into during 2023.

Bellamy Close and Byng Street, London

Bellamy Close and Byng Street, London

A regeneration project for 202 homes on the Isle of Dogs, east London, has received a resolution to grant planning approval.

The scheme will be carried out by London residential developer Mount Anvil and housing association One Housing.

The plan will see 94 of the new homes allocated to those on the local housing waiting list or made available through condominiums. This includes providing new homes for the 24 One Housing tenants currently in affordable homes on the estate, with their rent and tenancy terms protected.

Work on the newly approved homes is expected to start in late 2022/early 2023, with first completions expected in 2025.

The architectural firm of the project is HTA Design.

Staplehurst, Kent

Staplehurst, Kent

Modular developer Ilke Homes has secured an 11-acre site in Staplehurst, Kent, for the development of up to 94 prefabricated homes.

Subject to planning agreement, the development will offer a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes and achieve a significant net gain in biodiversity through the provision of open green space and pocket parks.

The program is also expected to provide 38 affordable housing units.

Former Washington School, Sunderland

Left to right: Graham Scanlon, Deputy Director of Housing and Communities at Sunderland Council;  Richard Wood, director of Brims;  Amanda Gallagher, housing development manager at Sunderland Council;  and Kevin Johnston, adviser to Sunderland Council, on the site

Left to right: Graham Scanlon, Deputy Director of Housing and Communities at Sunderland Council; Richard Wood, director of Brims; Amanda Gallagher, housing development manager at Sunderland Council; and Kevin Johnston, adviser to Sunderland Council, on the site

Sunderland City Council has commissioned contractor Brims to carry out the restoration and extension of Washington Old School on Albert Place, which will provide 15 new specialist apartments.

The project, which will take around 12 months, is part of the local authority’s £59million Housing Delivery and Investment Plan (HDIP), which saw the council return to housing construction in 2019 .

The project was designed by JDDK Architects and will see the school, which has stood empty for 20 years, repurposed as accommodation for vulnerable adults.

Phoenix Square, London

Phoenix Square, London

Notting Hill Genesis has obtained planning permission for 190 houses around Hackney Wick station in east London.

The 66,500-unit housing association said half of the units will be “affordable” tenure, which will include “a mix of affordable London rents, condominiums and peer-to-peer homes”. The rest will be for private sale and the homes will be 5% larger than national size standards.

Permission has been granted by the London Legacy Development Corporation, the body set up as the planning authority for the area around the capital’s Olympic Park.

Work is now due to start later this year, with the buildings and public realm expected to be completed in 2025. The design team is led by HawkinsBrown, with Delvendahl Martin Architects and Studio Weave.

Herbert Avenue, Poole

Herbert Avenue, Poole

Construction is underway on a new development, which will provide 24 energy efficient apartments for people who are currently homeless or need a stepping stone between hostels and independent living in Poole.

Contractor AJC Group has started work on the project led by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council, which is located on the site of a former community centre.

The 24 new houses will be built according to the Passivhaus standard with negligible energy demand.

Aylesbury Estate, London

Aylesbury Estate, London

Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) has submitted a planning application for 614 new homes which will form the next phase of the regeneration of Aylesbury Estate in south London.

The new homes would replace around 400 public housing units as part of the demolition and rebuilding of the 2,700-unit Walworth estate.

Southwark Council signed a £1.5billion deal with NHG in 2014 to oversee the massive regeneration project over an 18-year period.

Queenshill Avenue, Leeds

Photo: Simon Marcus

Photo: Simon Marcus

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA) has completed an 85-unit project in Moortown, Leeds. This is the largest project in the history of the owner and involved the demolition of 22 old houses.

The scheme encompasses Cherry Tree House, with 51 sheltered housing apartments for people aged 55 and over, and Hillside, with 34 general needs apartments.

The gated apartments are linked with 130 existing properties to form a gated village of 181 seniors apartments and has gated access to the Ziff Community Centre.

The £14m scheme was set up with support from government housing agency Homes England and increased LJHA’s overall stock by 13%.

CAF Bank, Acanthus Architects, Identity Consult and development partners Equans also worked on the project.

Alexandra Court, London

Alexandra Court, London

Planning permission has been granted for 15 new affordable housing units in Hackney, east London, which will be managed by the Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA).

Alexandra Court, part of a new build and external upgrade to street level of existing homes, received unanimous approval from Hackney Council’s planning committee this month.

The 15 new homes, which were designed by Hunters, replace existing single-storey offices and range in size from one to three bedrooms.

Peacehaven, East Sussex

Peacehaven, East Sussex

The first homes have been delivered at the Stonewater Peacehaven project site in East Sussex.

Comprised of three one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, 20 two-bedroom homes and 11 three-bedroom homes, all of the modular homes will be available at affordable rent and have been built to high energy efficiency standards.

The homes were made by modular company Boutique Modern.

Northolt Grange, London

Northolt Grange, London

Broadway Living, Ealing Council’s wholly-owned housing company, will build a 100% affordable housing project in Northolt, west London, after winning planning permission for the 92-unit project.

Northolt Grange will be located on a one acre site and will provide a mix of apartments and family homes, in a variety of tenures.

The design includes a modular approach to construction, with the houses made up of a series of standardized stackable pieces. HOK is the architectural firm of the project.

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