Contracts exchanged to purchase major new site in West Hampstead
A2Dominion has exchanged contracts with Camden Council to purchase a major site in West Hampstead.
The Group has also submitted its plans to create over 160 homes on the site at 156 West End Lane, along with new community facilities and a large landscaped public square.
The proposals for the development aim to improve the range of shops and services in West End Lane, and were finalised at the end of 2015 following extensive consultation with the local community.
Affordable housing is at the heart of the scheme, with around 50% of the 164 new homes to be for affordable rent and shared ownership, helping to meet a shortage in the borough of Camden.
Designed by Child Graddon Lewis Architects to be sympathetic to the local area, the development would also provide modern, flexible workspaces for local people and businesses and a new community meeting space.
Nicholas Yeeles, A2Dominion Executive Director (Commercial, London), said: “Our aim for this important site is to create a high quality, sustainable development that will help address housing needs in the borough of Camden and enhance the local area.
“This includes providing a high proportion of affordable homes, including family-sized housing, and a community meeting space which will be offered at a peppercorn rent and managed by local people.”
Key features of the proposed scheme:
- 164 new homes
- 50% affordable housing (of which 55% would be affordable rent and 45% shared ownership)
- Wheelchair adapted apartments and homes designed for ‘active elderly’
- New public open spaces for residents and the wider community
- Community meeting area
- Flexible employment space
- Start-up business units
- Parking for Blue Badge holders
In replacing the existing building on the site, the aim is to create a place that will be better connected to the surrounding area and improve the appearance of West End Lane.
If the scheme is granted planning permission, the construction phase of the development would provide employment for approximately 244 people, create spin-off benefits to local shops and services, as well as training and work experience opportunities. Rents of affordable homes at the scheme will be in line with Camden Council’s Housing Policy.
The sale of shared ownership homes will be prioritised for people either living or working in the borough, on incomes set in line with Camden Council’s affordability criteria and the Mayor’s London Plan.
The proposals for the site meet key objectives of the new Neighbourhood Development Plan, which sets out how the West Hampstead and Fortune Green wards will develop over time, as well as the priorities of Camden Council’s Local Plan.
Further information can be found at www.156westendlane.co.uk