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FAQS – about the new development

1. Why is Pepler House being refurbished when it will be demolished in two or three years? It doesn’t make sense!

The Wornington Green Decent Homes programme involves the replacement of electrical wiring, heating systems and kitchens and bathrooms for properties in the later phases of the regeneration. The programme will ensure that Catalyst meets central Government’s requirement to bring all properties up to their decent homes standard by December 2014, ensuring that all homes are in a reasonable state of repair and that they are warm and weatherproof with modern facilities.

Properties in Phase 1 of the regeneration (Faraday House, Lionel House, Telford House and Wheatstone House) were excluded from the programme, because residents were due to be re-housed before December 2014.

Most of Pepler House has been included in the Decent Homes programme as it is in Phase 3 of the regeneration, and residents will remain in their existing homes for a number of years. The majority of kitchens and bathrooms have not been replaced since the block was built and residents have been asking when they can benefit from new kitchens and bathrooms. The part of Pepler House that is in Phase 2 (flat numbers 73 to 96 ) has been excluded from the programme.

If residents are happy with their existing kitchens and bathrooms they can opt out of having the work done in their homes.

2. Will there be more flexibility over the layouts of the Phase 2 properties?

Our architects for Phase 2, Conran and Partners worked with a Residents’ Design Group (part of the Wornington Green Residents’ Steering Group) to establish residents’ views about Phase 2, in particular flat layouts, balconies, communal areas and windows. In terms of flat layouts, residents expressed a range of different views, so where possible, Conran and Partners are developing a range of designs to suit different preferences for layouts.

For instance:

  • Residents had a range of views on open plan kitchen/living rooms – so some homes in Phase 2 will have open plan living/dining/kitchen areas and others will have separate kitchens or combined kitchen/dining areas.
  • Residents told Conran and Partners that they liked regular shaped rooms so dwelling layouts have been designed to have regular shaped rooms where possible.

It is important to remember that Catalyst will meet your housing need in your new home and we will also try to meet your preferences where possible. Remember it will not always be possible to meet everyone’s preferences. If you do have a preference for a particular layout, do let your Housing and Regeneration Co-ordinator know as soon as possible, so that we can let you know if we think we can take this into account when we offer you a new home.

 3. How will the new street plan work and how will traffic and parking be controlled in the new development?

One of the key ingredients of the regeneration is to put back as much of the original street pattern as possible. The street layout has been approved by the Council and this approach will not only link the new buildings to the existing streets but will also provide on-street parking for residents of the Borough (which will include disabled bays) and visitors to the area. Owner-occupiers who buy properties on the development will not be eligible for a Council parking permit and will need to use pay and display bays or purchase a basement parking space.

After each phase is complete, the Council will take legal responsibility for the new streets including the pavements and will be responsible for maintenance, signage, lighting and enforcing any parking restrictions.

The new streets allow for two way traffic with permit parking at the side of the roads. In Phase 1 there will be 42 new on-street permit parking spaces which are in addition to the existing spaces on Wornington Road and Portobello Road.

 4. Will the new streets be safe for children to play out in?

No. We would never recommend that children play out in streets as they are not a safe environment for play. The area benefits from the Venture Centre, a local park with play facilities and a range of other services and facilities which are suitable for children to play out in.

Wornington Green is being redeveloped over a number of years. During the redevelopment a traffic management plan is in place to ensure that construction traffic enters and exits the site safely, but please be aware that there will be large vehicles in the area and that the construction site is also not a safe place for children. Ardmore can help to raise awareness of the dangers of playing near or in a construction site. Please contact Maria Cunnea on 07747 862 022 or by email if you think that your child’s school would benefit from a visit from Ardmore.

Even once the new roads have been created they won’t be formally passed to the Council (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) to manage as adopted highways for a few years. For instance the new Bonchurch Road outside Block 1 will technically remain part of the construction site and managed by Ardmore until the whole of Phase 1 is completed, which won’t be until 2015.

 5. How will community safety be maintained in the new development?

The new development has been built to ‘secured by design’ standards. Secured by design is an official police initiative which aims to reduce burglary and crime in the UK by designing out crime in new and refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks, through good design and security arrangements.

The new development benefits from CCTV in the foyers, video door entry systems for all apartments and a door entry fob system which records access to certain areas within the new development. All of these initiatives will help us to ensure that community safety is maintained in the new development.

We also have neighbourhood rules which were developed with residents to ensure that everyone is considerate to their neighbours and that the development is a safe, clean and welcoming place. The rules apply to everyone, regardless of whether they are Catalyst or private tenants, home owners or living in shared ownership properties and a number apply specifically to anti-social behaviour. The rules will be enforced through tenancy agreements and leases. Catalyst will take action if a tenant or shared owner does not keep to the rules and our managing agent, Stiles Harold Williams will take action if home owners do not keep to the rules.