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Changes to Block 2

In December’s edition of Here & Now, we explained our intention to revise the types of homes in Block 2 to better suit the housing needs of our residents living on the existing estate. Here we offer a more detailed explanation and an update.

The original planning approval for Wornington Green established the number and type of homes in Phase 1. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) formally approved this in March 2010. Since this time, we have been regularly looking at the type of homes in Phase 1 to ensure that they match the housing needs of residents. This has shown that as time has passed the mix of new homes in Block 2 does not correctly suit the residents who we need to re-house in Block 2. We believe that we have found a mix of types of homes which would better suit the housing needs of residents. This includes reducing the number of wheelchair units and replacing them with properties which meet lifetime home standards and building more one bedroom and three bedroom properties, which are in highest demand.

We have therefore approached RBKC for permission to revise the mix of types of housing in Block 2; the number of homes will remain the same. A ‘non-material’ amendment application will shortly be submitted to RBKC. If you want to inspect the application, you can do so at the Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX as soon as the application has been formally registered. Any comments about the application should be made to RBKC within 14 days of the application being validated.

In practical terms, very little will change to the scheme that RBKC has already approved. We remain bound by the same requirements and are committed to providing new high quality homes for our residents.