Thursday 17 Sep 2020
A new development by Southall station has been given the green light by Ealing Council, helping to provide more quality rental housing in the local area.
The proposals, by Connected Living London (CLL) – the formal partnership between Grainger plc and Transport for London (TfL) – have been designed by award-winning architects, Assael Architecture. The scheme will deliver 460 new homes, including 40 per cent affordable housing, across five buildings.
The scheme encompasses a 1.16 acre site that was converted to railway sidings in the mid-20th century and is currently used for storage and associated Elizabeth line works. The homes will be a mixture of one, two and three bedroom properties, providing options for all types of households, with affordable homes offered at a Discounted Market Rent. The development will also incorporate renewable forms of energy through solar panels and air source heat pumps to minimise impact on the local environment.
Located close by to Southall station, the development provides direct access to central London and is also served by TfL Rail services, which will become the Elizabeth line once it is open. It will provide more space for walking along Park Avenue and more greenery and street lighting. A new pedestrian crossing on Park Avenue will also be delivered as part of this scheme, making it safer for people to access Southall Park.
Ben Tate, a spokesperson for CLL and Head of Property Development at TfL, said: “It’s fantastic to see the first of our sites at Southall get the go-ahead as part of Connected Living London. We can now start delivering quality rental homes that the capital desperately needs and help improve the area for the local community.
“Now more than ever, people are looking for homes that are more than just a place to sleep, and with a range of amenity spaces, including outdoor terraces and a residents’ gym, we are confident that these new homes will be a fantastic addition to Southall.”
Helen Gordon, Chief Executive, Grainger plc, said: “We are delighted to secure our first planning resolution for Connected Living London. This is an exciting and important milestone for our partnership, which over the coming years is set to make a positive difference for renters and communities across London. In Southall we are delivering 460 superbly located homes that locals can afford, all professionally managed by our inhouse team, setting new standards for renting in the area.”
With the capital’s shortage of quality rental properties and affordable homes, CLL was established last July with an ambition of creating London’s leading mixed tenure rental communities, providing excellent service in a place where residents feel secure and are happy to call “home”. The scheme at Southall is the first of CLL’s schemes to be given the go-ahead at planning committee, having submitted four planning applications since it was set up last July. The other sites, which are spread across London, are:
Once approved, these would collectively deliver more than 1,200 new rental homes across the city, with each scheme individually delivering 40 per cent affordable housing, alongside industrial and commercial workspace and improvements for the local community.
These first four sites are part of CLL’s wider programme that aims to provide the capital with more than 3,000 new homes, designed specifically for those who wish to rent. Alongside the four where planning applications have already been submitted, CLL will soon be submitting its planning application for its scheme at Cockfosters, which looks to provide hundreds of new homes, public squares and better pedestrian and cycling facilities, and it is continuing to shape the opportunity to provide around 1,500 homes at Limmo, a 12-acre site next to Canning Town Tube station that has been used as a works site for the Elizabeth line. Other sites are expected to follow.
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