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FAQs – About the new Development

Will there be a new home for the community garden?

We know that residents really value the community kitchen garden on Wornington Green Estate, it’s a great place for people to come together to grow fruit and vegetables and catch up with their neighbours.

Residents from the estate and from the new development have plots in the community kitchen garden.

Catalyst has spoken to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) about the community kitchen garden. They’ve told us that they would be happy to consider incorporating provision for a community kitchen garden in the new permanent park.

The community garden won’t get a permanent home until all of the space for the new park is available, which isn’t until Phase 3 of the redevelopment. Catalyst needs to build on the space that the existing community garden occupies in Phase 2, so there is likely to be a period of time when we can’t guarantee a community garden in the local area. We have looked for other suitable sites on the existing estate, but we haven’t found anywhere suitable, as it needs a location which gets plenty of direct sunlight.

RBKC will be consulting the local community about their plans for the new permanent park. We would encourage residents to get involved and have a say.

When will the new park open and will there be space to exercise dogs?

The new temporary park is now open to the public (see article on page 2). There is no designated space to exercise dogs, but responsible dog owners are welcome in the park. The gated park at the top end of Portobello Road has an enclosed play area within it, to allow children to play safely. Dogs are not allowed in this area.

Will I have the same neighbours when I move?

Not necessarily, but we know how important friends and neighbours can be to people and what a close knit community there is on the existing Wornington Green Estate.

If you would like to be re-housed close to an existing neighbour or family member please let us know and we will try to move you close to each other if we can. We have been able to do this for a number of people already and they are very happy in their new homes.

If you are scheduled to move at the same time as your neighbours, it is likely to be something that we can consider, as long as we have the right sized homes close to each other in the new development. If you or your neighbour(s) have specific housing needs (for example need to be on a lower floor due to mobility issues) or other re-housing preferences it may not be possible.

Equally, if there is someone that you really would rather not have as a neighbour when you move, you can let us know in confidence and we can see if we can take this into account when we make you a re-housing offer.

If you would like to discuss your re-housing options please contact a member of the Wornington Green Team.

Why is one end of Pepler House being knocked down first?

The redevelopment programme has been carefully planned. We’ve looked at which blocks need to be demolished in which order to enable us to build the new homes on a phase by phase basis. Our programme takes into account the masterplan for the new development (which sets out the new street pattern and the location and type of buildings) and where our existing tenants are living on Wornington Green Estate.

The re-housing process is a really important part of the redevelopment programme. We need to be able to re-house our tenants living on the Wornington Green Estate before we can demolish their existing homes. Where possible we will offer tenants a single move into their new home and our redevelopment plans have been developed to take this into account as far as possible based on the housing needs information currently available to us.

The redevelopment of the estate is in three phases. Flats 73 – 96 Pepler House are in Phase 2 of the redevelopment. It has been planned this way because a partial demolition of Pepler House and the demolition of Edward Kennedy House and the two remaining houses on Wornington Road will enable the first block in Phase 2 to be built. The rest of Pepler House will be demolished in Phase 3 of the redevelopment.

How will the new road layout work? Will it bring back the old street plan?

One of the key ingredients of the redevelopment of the estate is to put back as much of the original street pattern as possible. The street layout has been approved by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and this approach will not only link the new buildings to the existing streets but will also provide new on-street parking for residents of the Borough and visitors to the area. Once completed, the redevelopment will also re-connect the top of Portobello Road with Ladbroke Grove.

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.

There are already problems with speeding traffic along Munro Mews. What can be done about this?

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) acts as the highway authority for most of the roads in the borough, including Munro Mews. This means that RBKC is responsible for maintenance of Munro Mews.

If you have concerns or suggestions about the traffic on Munro Mews you can contact RBKC by email or by calling them on 020 7361 3000.