Planning permission is set to be given for a controversial ‘infill’ development of eighteen new council homes in Bermondsey.
The eight-storey block, planned for the site of a car park Matson House on the Slippers Place Estate on Southwark Park Road, is likely to be given the green light at a planning meeting on Wednesday (October 20) after Southwark Council planners recommended permission be granted.
Of the flats, seven will have one bedroom, seven will be two-bedroom and four will be three-bedroom. One of the flats will be wheelchair-accessible.
Planners said: “The proposal would also make an efficient use of land to provide residential dwellings which would be consistent with the established residential land use of the Slippers Place Estate and the wider surrounding area.”
Some current residents of the estate are against the plans, as we have previously reported, saying they are worried about a loss of light because of potential overshadowing.
The new building would be two storeys higher than Matson House and three storeys above Hickling House, another nearby block. Planners said ” the additional height would sit comfortably in this location”. They added that “the proposed development would not adversely impact on neighbouring occupiers” in terms of overshadowing.
The new development will also mean twelve parking spaces are lost. Car parks are not protected by Southwark planning policy. Planners said there should be enough room in nearby car parks to make up the shortfall. The proposals also include 35 bike parking spaces.
If given final approval on Wednesday, building work is likely to begin next summer and last for a year until summer 2023.
The decision on the Matson House development was supposed to be made in September but was pushed back to give the planning team time to make a site visit.
The development is part of a wider Southwark programme to build council flats on spaces that the local authority considers under-used, to help tackle the huge housing need in the borough. Many proposed sites have been controversial, as current residents think they would lose open space.