Metropolitan secures approval for Clapham Park regeneration in London

WCN Editorial Team 20 Mar 2018 EUROPE BUSINESS

UK-based affordable housing provider Metropolitan has secured approval from the planning committee of Lambeth Council for the development of more than 2,500 new homes and community facilities at Clapham Park in south London.

The final stage of the planning consent process is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

The approval marks a major step forward in Metropolitan’s £1.6bn regeneration of Clapham Park, which was transferred from Lambeth Council to the housing association more than a decade ago.

Metropolitan has so far built more than 500 new homes and refurbished 700 old homes.

The regeneration will increase the number of homes on the estate to 4,080. Of these, 53% will be a combination of social and affordable rents, as well as homes for shared ownership and shared equity.

Metropolitan developed the proposal after a pre-planning application process involving Lambeth Council, the Greater London Authority, Clapham Park residents and other local stakeholders.

The planning application was submitted to Lambeth Council in July 2017.

A new central park, community hub with shops and community facilities, improvements to landscaping, play spaces and roads are also included in the application.

The project is expected to create hundreds of new jobs. Architectural firm PRP has designed the revised plan for Clapham Park.

JLL Planning Development & Heritage, the professional real estate services firm, submitted the planning application on behalf of Metropolitan.

The project includes sustainable features, which include more than 4,000 bicycle parking spaces; use of renewable energy, including the installation of solar panels; and living roofs to support birds and insect diversity.

Work on site is expected to commence in later in 2018 after securing full planning consent.

Meanwhile, work under Metropolitan’s original masterplan for Clapham Park will continue with the construction of an interim community centre, which is scheduled to open later in 2018.

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