There were a lot of changes since the original masterplan was agreed – in areas including government planning policy and building regulations, and in the financial environment. Added to that was the chronic housing shortage – Lambeth has more than 22,000 households on its housing waiting list. It was therefore clear that we needed to revisit the masterplan so we could ensure it delivers what the local community needs today and into the future.
From October 2016 we held a number of open exhibitions and community events focused on proposals for the new Clapham Park masterplan. In 2017 we submitted a full planning application to Lambeth Council. In March 2018, Lambeth Council gave the go-ahead to this planning application, allowing us to move forward to the final stage of the planning consent process. Once this is completed, work on site is expected to start towards the end of 2018.
The application provides more than 2,500 new homes. More than 500 new homes have been built to date and more than 700 have been refurbished to Decent Homes Standards; these homes have been retained in the new plan. In addition to new homes, a community hub will be created on King’s Avenue which will include a permanent new community centre and new shops.
Road improvements include a new pedestrian-friendly ‘super crossing’, two new bus stands and bus driver facilities. Car Club vehicles will be available for all Clapham Park residents. Landscape improvements include the creation of a central park and new play facilities north and south of the South Circular Road.
This short film provides a fly through of the new masterplan for Clapham Park as submitted to Lambeth Council for planning. The film zooms into computer generated images for the key character areas to indicate the look and feel of the future Clapham Park.
While the new plan proposes changes to the previous masterplan, there are key commitments that will not be affected. For example, we will still:
deliver a new or refurbished home to every secure tenant
provide a minimum of 4.18 hectares of high quality open public space, including a park
make sure that a minimum of 50% of homes delivered are affordable
ensure there are safe streets, pedestrian and cycle routes
provide a range of new shops and much improved community facilities