The New Homes Delivery Programme (NHDP) has identified the site adjacent to Trellick Tower as a potential area to help deliver new homes for the borough. This site, currently called Edenham, will form part of Stage 2 of the NHDP.
We are consulting residents, local businesses and organisations about the proposals.
Location and red line map for the Edenham site.
We want to hear your views to help us shape our proposals for this site. This video presentation gives you details about the site and what our aspirations for the site are. We’d encourage you to watch the video before attending one of our live chat sessions or completing the feedback form, however this is not essential.
Download the presentation slides from the Edenham public consultation event 2020.
Live Chat Sessions
There will be two live chat sessions via Zoom, where you can ask any questions regarding the site or the programme. These Zoom chat sessions will take place on:
- Saturday 31 October, 10:30am to 11:30am
- Wednesday 4 November, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
How to feedback?
We want to hear your thoughts and views for this site, and you can do so by providing feedback via the feedback form.
The deadline for comments and feedback relating this round of consultation is Thursday 3 December 2020.
Know someone who can’t get online?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic these consultation sessions are being held online. If you know someone who is unable to access the internet, we can arrange for a hard copy of the presentation and feedback form to be sent to them by post. You can also request the consultation materials in another language. Please call 07739 313539 between 9am and 5pm.
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Edenham questions and answers
How many homes will be provided at the Edenham site?
Kensington and Chelsea’s 2019 Local Plan allocates the site as having the potential to deliver a minimum of 60 new homes but to meet the pressing housing need in the borough we would like to build more. It is still early days and there are no final plans or number of homes agreed, which is why we are talking to you early on in the process before any decisions have been made about the number of homes and other facilities on the site
What is the existing social housing situation in Kensington and Chelsea?
There is a severe shortage of social homes in the borough and while demand rises every year, the number of available vacancies gets smaller. Even high-priority applicants are likely to have to wait five years for a home, or even longer for three-bedroom and larger properties. As part of our brief we would look to provide as many two and three bed family homes social rent homes as possible to meet the needs we have.
What is "social rent"? Will these homes be affordable and how will they be split between private and social housing?
At least 50 per cent of the Edenham homes are proposed to be provided as affordable housing. The majority of these will be social rent (affordable housing for rent) with the remainder as intermediate – including key worker – affordable homes and open market rent. Kensington and Chelsea Council will retain ownership of all of the properties.
How will the homes be allocated?
The new homes will be allocated via our Housing Register.
What will happen to the children's play area, ball court area and walkways?
Proposals for these areas will be shaped using comments and feedback from key stakeholders and the local community. One of the key objectives of the project is to improve the quality of open space and public areas and we will use feedback from the consultation process to achieve this. We are hearing loud and clear that these local facilities are important to you, but the need for new homes is also extremely important. We will be looking at the existing facilities and usage as part of the consultation. It is still very early in the process and there are no detailed plans, so we want you to work with us on the design and tell us what’s important to you.
What will happen to the adjoining Meanwhile Gardens area?
We are working with the Meanwhile Gardens Trust to ensure that the Edenham proposals align with and enhance connectivity to the Meanwhile Gardens areas adjacent to the site. We encourage you to share your views via our feedback form. Please visit our feedback form to share your views.
What will happen to the graffiti wall?
We fully appreciate that the graffiti wall is an important part of the area’s culture. That is why we are consulting with the community and local graffiti artists to understand more about the wall and identity the future treatment of public art opportunities in this area including the existing graffiti wall.
Will there be a loss of public open space?
The development seeks to optimise the quality and accessibility of public open spaces and create a more inviting and safer environment for all residents and members of the community. Following public consultation we will consider the key provision of public open space. It may be that some areas between the Tower and Elkstone Road would be reconfigured and re-provided to provide better quality, more accessible open space. For example, the lorry parking site which is not publicly accessible, forms part of the site which is under consideration. The three-stage consultation will allow residents and stakeholders to share what kinds of facilities are important to them and to shape the future of the public spaces so they do not lose out.
How tall will the new development be?
This is subject to ongoing design which will take into consideration the comments that are received from the public consultation exercise. The aim is to create new homes that complement the scale, appearance and character of the surrounding area.
Will Trellick Tower be impacted by the development?
Trellick Tower is an iconic, Grade II* listed building and we fully recognise its importance to the area. There will be no works to the tower itself, although some work may be undertaken to the podium, and we are working closely with the planning authority, heritage consultants and key stakeholders in the area to help shape a proposal that complements it. We are keen to hear from residents who live in the area about what they would like to see and what they think would fit with the character of the local area.
What impact will the development have on local residents?
The development will provide much-needed new homes for the local area, improving existing routes, creating better connectivity and providing enhanced public spaces for the benefit of the wider community.
What are the stages of this consultation?
This is a three-stage consultation which has begun with a “blank piece of paper” exercise allowing residents, stakeholders and the wider community to share what is important to them on the Edenham site. Views from that exercise will shape designs to be presented at a second consultation planned for December 2020, with final plans prepared for a third consultation in early 2021.
How can residents and the wider community share their views?
Residents and other local key stakeholders can share their views via our feedback form and attend a chat session being held via Zoom and Wednesday 4 November, 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Alternatively you can contact us directly via email at NewHomesEnquiries@rbkc.gov.uk. The consultation runs until Thursday 3 December. Please visit our online feedback form to share your views.
What dates are you working towards?
We are currently obtaining views and feedback from the community through a series of consultation events, live chat sessions and meetings with key stakeholders in the local area. This exercise will inform a planning application which is targeted for submission in Spring 2021. If these proposals are approved, there would then be a further technical design period leading up to when construction starts in Spring 2022, with completion of the first new homes in mid-2024.
How are you funding the New Homes programme?
The New Homes Delivery Programme is being funded via Housing Revenue Account borrowing and through a grant provided by the Greater London Authority, alongside income from open market homes for rent provided on site. We intend to retain long term ownership of the open market and affordable homes proposed for Edenham.
Who are the architects and who would undertake the development?
We intend to build the new homes by employing an experienced contractor rather than using a third-party developer and have appointed Haworth Tompkins as architects for the Edenham project. Haworth Tompkins is an architectural practice based in London, with more than 25 years’ experience collaborating with socially driven organisations and clients to deliver award-winning projects.
Will the new homes be environmentally friendly?
The new homes are to be designed and constructed within the framework set by the Council’s fuel poverty, housing improvement and carbon emission reduction objectives. We have set a target for the Council’s operations to be net zero carbon by 2030 and for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2040. In relation to the design of the homes particular emphasis is being placed on sustainability, for example enhanced insulation to reduce fuel bills heating and hot water sources and careful use of building materials.
Will we hire local people to work on the Edenham development?
The Council will employ qualified contractors to build the development. The building contracts will include requirements for apprenticeships as well as employment of local workforce and use of locally based suppliers.
Why are you planning to build homes here and not elsewhere in the borough?
The Council has limited land on which to deliver new homes and this is exacerbated by the densely packed nature of the borough. The Council’s New Homes Delivery Programme includes a total of seven sites to date which are spread across the borough.
Why are you carrying out this consultation now rather than waiting until after the pandemic?
The Council has a duty to provide homes for people on the Housing Register and this project will help to facilitate this. We don’t know how long the pandemic might last and cannot wait for an indefinite period to seek to provide new homes. In addition, the Mayor of London has allocated funding to the borough to provide new homes and has prescribed deadlines for stages of the project to unlock this.
How will the scheme affect businesses in the area?
The additional homes will have a positive impact on local businesses as there will be an increase in the customer base. We are also looking at a parallel separate exercise to improve the shopfronts use and appearance of the existing commercial and community uses.