JTP ready to get green light with Tulse Hill plans | News

An affordable housing scheme designed by John Thompson & Partners is set to get the green light by Lambeth Council next week.

The company’s proposals for a 0.23 hectare site next to Tulse Hill station in south London would provide 76 homes for social rent in three interconnected blocks ranging from five to seven storeys high.

JTP’s designs for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association will also provide 159 sq m of work space on the ground floor.

The Brownfield site, at the intersection of Park Avenue and Thurlow Park Road, was previously used for light industry and warehousing.

It was approved to make way for a 42-home scheme designed by PDP Architecture which was approved in 2014. Those proposals – which ranged from three to five storeys in height – were not implemented.

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Recommending the JTP proposals for approval ahead of a planning applications committee meeting next week, Lambeth Council officials said the scheme’s 100% social rent credentials “significantly” exceeded policy requirements and represented a “significant planning benefit”.

“The proposal would return the unsightly vacant site to useful use,” they said. “In terms of design, the linear form of the proposed block reflects the shape of the application site, and the architectural treatment of the block includes steps back and the use of different materials that break up the linear block.”

Officers said the detailed design of the building was considered “high quality” and that its height, size and mass were also acceptable.

They admitted the scheme would result in a “significant loss of daylight” to some neighboring properties, but said future daylight levels would be “reasonable” in the built-up area.

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Officers said the proposed new homes would fall short of the BRE’s recommendations for daylighting in a “number of cases”, but said this was partly due to design arrangements to deliver dual aspect homes.

“The units are arranged so that the main living areas generally benefit from good levels of daylight, and the bedrooms are located in the less well-lit areas of the development,” they said. “Overall, the proposal is seen as providing a good standard of housing.”

Members of Lambeth Council’s planning applications committee meet at 7pm on Tuesday to determine the application.

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