Four separate schemes will all be within 1.5km of Grenfell Tower

Kensington & Chelsea council has given planning approval to 97 new council homes in the borough across four schemes, each designed by different architects.

Planning officers gave the council the green light this week for the schemes, which are planned for four sites in the north of the borough. They will be the first phase of the council’s New Homes Programme, which aims to build 600 homes in total.

Architect PRP has designed one scheme with the other three designed by Maccreanor Lavington, Allies and Morrison and Adam Architecture. 

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PRP’s Acklam Road scheme

All of the new schemes will be within 1.5km of the remains of the former council housing block Grenfell Tower, which burned down in 2017 with the loss of 72 lives.

Deputy Leader council leader Kim Taylor-Smith said: “We want to provide quality housing for residents from all backgrounds.”

Taylor-Smith added: “It is important for the Council to set standards within our own programme that we would like to see from other organisations developing in the borough.”

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Allies and Morrison’s Kensal Road scheme

Just over half of the homes will be for social rent, with 22 at intermediate rent and 26 at market rent.

One of the sites, at Acklam Road, will include a space for the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre.

Enabling works on phase one will begin by the end of this year, with completion scheduled for mid-2022.

Planning applications for phase two are expected to be submitted in Spring 2021 after a consultation kicks off this autumn.

 Sites for Kensington & Chelsea council’s new homes

  • Kensal Road – 37 new homes (27 social rent, 10 intermediate rent). Architect: Allies and Morrison.
  • Acklam Road – 32 new homes (20 social rent, 12 open market) Architect: PRP
  • Hewer Street – 20 new homes (10 intermediate rent, 10 open market) Architect: Adam Architecture
  • St Helens Gardens – 8 new homes (2 social rent, 2 intermediate rent, 4 open market) Architect: Maccreanor Lavington