During the consultation process, nine under-used sites were identified with residents as having potential for additional housing and/or public open space, including under-used garage sites and car parks. The approved scheme will provide 70% affordable housing of which 23 new homes will provide existing
residents over the age of 55 with new high quality accommodation on the estate. The extensive public realm improvements in conjunction with the new recreation facilities will generate significant health benefits and broaden the potential social value of the estate.
Key planning issues resolved by the team include;
- The reconfiguration of an existing designated open space to accommodate infill development along Balls Pond Road to significantly improve the quality and usability of the public realm within and surrounding the estate;
- Securing permission to redevelop over three sites of Local Scientific Interest for Nature Conservation (SINC) by demonstrating the improvement in biodiversity and amenity value of the new green spaces proposed;
- Demonstrating that the relocation of an existing ball court within the estate is acceptable in planning policy terms;
- Providing a detailed affordable housing assessment to demonstrate how the regeneration scheme will contribute to the delivery of the Council’s key strategic priorities to provide affordable homes and widen the choice of housing in the borough;
- Demonstrating the new homes designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards will preserve neighbouring amenity and complement the character of the estate and the adjacent conservation area;
- Reviewing technical reports, including daylight sunlight assessments, and liaising with the planning case officer and technical consultants to enable the scheme to be recommended to the planning committee for approval.