New Residential Developments Approved in Kensington

The Kensington and Chelsea Council has approved the construction of new residential developments comprising more than 100 mixed-tenure homes in North Kensington

Online PR News – 07-September-2012 – Stanmore/Middx, UK – The affluent area of Kensington is soon to witness some new residential developments in the area, as approved recently by the Kensington and Chelsea Council. It has been planned that over 100 new homes will be constructed on the Silchester Garages site in North Kensington. This much-awaited approval has been achieved after a long public consultation and bidding process last year.

Kensington is already a very well maintained and developed area. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares, including Edwardes Square, Earls Terrace - an exclusive reformation of Georgian Houses, The Phillimores, and Wycombe Square which is actually a recent high standard development.

The new developments will comprise of 112 mixed-tenure homes at the site which is very close to the Latimer Road tube station. The development’s planning approval has been attained by ‘Peabody’, one of London's oldest and most prominent names in the housing associations. The residential scheme is constituted by 45 large family units for residential letting, 39 for shared ownership and the remaining 28 homes will be constructed as smaller properties available for complete sale.

In an effort to capture the traditional street patterns in the area, the plan is for this residential development to also have a new shopping area and a community building constructed, which will be set around a communal garden. Also, new access will be created alongside the existing railway overpass, allowing re-use of the arches by businesses.

Chairman of the major planning development committee, Councillor Terence Buxton, said: "Both ‘Peabody’ and architects ‘Haworth Tompkins’ have done a first class job on this new development. It will make a huge difference to the regeneration of this part of North Kensington."

Kensington and Chelsea Council expect that this development will help to meet its targets for new residential and housing development in the borough. It will also help in the overall make-over of the area around Latimer Road station, through improved design, a better blend of housing options, and commercial and retail opportunities.
"We are delighted at the feedback from the councillors on the high quality of the proposed scheme. We are looking forward to delivering it as quickly as possible so that both existing and new residents can enjoy modern homes and enhanced open spaces", added Claire Bennie, Development Director at ‘Peabody’.

The council, which has also offered a grant for the development, finally selected ‘Peabody’ and ‘Haworth Tompkins’ for the project after a 12 month bidding process. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2014.