Work has continued over the past nine months in preparation for a Planning Application to be made to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for the second phase of the new development. Following on from resident consultation we have agreed the design concepts with the Council and have moved on to discussing the details of how the outside of the buildings will look once they are built.
Phase 2 covers the area shown in the adjacent diagram. In total it is planned to contain over 320 new homes, 120 parking spaces, spaces for shops or cafés and an energy centre which will eventually provide heating and hot water to the whole of the new development.
Our first goal was that the homes being created should be useable by the people who were going to live in them. So our key aims are to ensure that the amount of living space that each home has is as large as possible and is as useable as possible. This means we have tried to make the shape of the living spaces as regular as possible, avoiding odd room shapes that make it difficult to fit furniture in.
The Council’s main concern has been how the buildings will look from the outside. We have agreed the design of the blocks that overlook Portobello Road, Athlone Gardens and the planned Mews houses.
We have been talking to the Council about the remaining designs and hope to get agreement by the end of January 2014. We will then be able to submit a Planning Application to the Council. There will be an opportunity to comment on our Planning Application via the Council’s statutory consultation process. Catalyst will also hold information sessions for its tenants to give them an opportunity to find out more about the plans for Phase 2.
As soon as the application is submitted to the Council we will turn our attention to preparing documents that will be used to employ a building contractor. At this stage we will be able to start considering things like materials and colours that will be used in the internal areas of the blocks and homes.
There are lessons to be learned from Phase 1 in relationto the types of materials we use in the communal areas of blocks, how refuse storage and collection systems work and about the type of kitchen and bathroom equipment we install. As our thinking on these areas develops we will ask for residents’ views through the Wornington Green Residents’ Steering Group and its Design Group. These sessions will be organised for spring 2014.