Lambeth unveils plans for over 300 new homes

14 July 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Plans to build more than 320 new homes in Brixton have been set out by Lambeth Council, as the second phase of a scheme that has already delivered one of London’s newest theatre spaces and affordable workspace for local businesses.

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Lambeth unveils plans for over 300 new homes

The Somerleyton Road scheme will deliver new social rent homes for local families on the waiting list, a brand new extra-care facility for residents with social care and support needs and a new community space to replace the existing provision.

A development partner is being sought by the council for the next phase of the Somerleyton Road project, which has already seen Brixton House Theatre built and the locally listed Carlton Mansions refurbished.

A report to be considered by Lambeth’s Cabinet on Monday 24th July sets out the objectives that the council will seek from any development partners, including a net-zero carbon development and employment opportunities for local people.

Councillor Danny Adilypour, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for for Sustainable Growth and New Homes, said: “This important scheme is a key opportunity for us to deliver much-needed affordable housing and transform this part of central Brixton. Our commitment to accelerate the delivery of new affordable homes will be reflected in this important scheme, at a time when too many residents are impacted by the national housing crisis.

“We’re doing what we can to get more homes built, despite the challenges of rising building costs, the post-Brexit shortage of workers and rising interest rates creating uncertainty in the economy. Our ambitions for this scheme are to create high-quality and genuinely affordable homes in a sustainable way and to create safer and healthier public spaces.”

The project will also see improvements to the local area and bring wider social value benefits to local communities.

The council has also revised initial plans to rehouse residents of the Fitch Court sheltered housing scheme at the proposed new extra care housing in Somerleyton Road, following discussions with Fitch Court residents. Residents of this council-owned and managed sheltered housing scheme indicated a strong preference to remain at the existing facility. The council will respect this wish and has instead committed to significant refurbishment investment at Fitch Court over the next two years.