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FAQs About the new development

When will we be moved and how do we know the dates won’t change again?

Last year we told you about plans to increase the size of Phase 2 of the regeneration of Wornington Green to allow more people to move into their new homes more quickly and provide more of the park space earlier.

Households will move in line with the regeneration timetable published in our December edition of Here & Now. All tenants were also sent a letter explaining the impact of the changes and when they can expect to move.

The dates that we have published are provisional and we can’t promise that they won’t change. With a regeneration programme of this size there are often unforeseen circumstances which can lead to delays, for example, two window companies going out of business last year, has led to delays for building Block 1, which has had an impact on Phase 1 overall.

We can promise to keep you informed about the regeneration programme and provisional dates for re-housing and let you know what this means for you and your family if dates change.

If you are not sure when you are due to move into your new home, please contact your Housing & Regeneration Co-ordinator to discuss your individual requirements.

There are lots of large families on Wornington Green. Will there be larger properties available for big families?

Yes! The Wornington Green Residents’ Charter makes the commitment that Catalyst will “Guarantee a new home on Wornington Green for all residents who wish to return to a new home”.

Overcrowded families will be re-housed in a suitably sized home. This year, seven households from Wornington Green will benefit from a move into a four bedroom mews house in Phase 1 of the regeneration.

Families also have the option of their adult sons or daughters (aged 18 or over) being re-housed in their own separate accommodation, if they are eligible. A number of larger families have already taken advantage of this opportunity. We will discuss individual circumstances on a case by case basis.

To ensure that we meet our tenants’ needs as far as possible, Catalyst will undertake a housing needs assessment before we apply for detailed planning permission for each phase of the development to ensure that the planning application is consistent with the size and type of new rented homes needed. For instance, we already know that some families in Phase 2 will need to move into five bedroom properties so we are incorporating these requirements into the designs for Phase 2.

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, we are finding that some households’ housing needs and preferences change over time, which can make it difficult for us to re-house people within the timescales required for the regeneration programme. There will be some instances where we cannot meet the housing need of a household by one move into the new development. Where this is the case we will liaise with the household to discuss options for a temporary move.

Please let us know as soon as possible if your housing need changes, to enable us to plan accordingly.

How large (how many bedrooms) will the largest properties be?

It very much depends on the housing need of our existing tenants! As outlined on page 7, all residents are entitled to a home in the new development and we are assessing housing need to ensure that we can meet the needs of existing households, as far as possible, in terms of property sizes.

The largest properties in Phase 1 are the four bedroom mews houses. We know that we have larger families to accommodate in Phase 2, so we are looking at flexible and creative ways of meeting these needs as well as planning for the future.

We are currently working on designs which will provide five and six bedroom properties so that we meet the needs of our existing tenants, which at a future date can be separated into two smaller properties, when such a large size is no longer needed.

What will happen to the Residents’ Meeting Room? Will there be a new community space for older residents to use?

The residents’ room in Chiltern House is in Phase 2 of the regeneration. Based on estimated timescales for Phase 2, it’s likely that the residents’ room will be able to stay in use until Autumn 2016. We recognise that the residents’ room is a very well used resource on the estate and we will work with the Wornington Green Community Group to look at ways for activities and events to continue on the estate.

New community facilities will be provided in Phase 3 of the regeneration, which will have the same inside and outside space as the Venture Centre (as outlined in the last Here & Now). RBKC will be responsible for consultation over the re-provision of the community facilities and we would encourage residents to get involved and have a say.

How will the new owner/occupiers be encouraged to mix and interact with residents living in social housing (and vice versa)?

Catalyst will continue to publish Here & Now and distribute it to all properties in the existing estate and the new development. It will promote events to all residents and encourage them to get involved in the local community and benefit from all that the area has to offer.

We will continue to promote existing community facilities like the Venture Centre in Here & Now and the work of Wornington Green Community Group.

We will also work with partners to provide new opportunities for local people including access to services and community facilities, training, jobs and green space for everyone on the existing estate, new development and surrounding area.

We want to make sure that the new development is a place where
people want to live and work together. Please get in touch with Patricia Poorman on 020 8964 6443 if you have any ideas you want to share with us!