Silchester Arches

The first stage of the Silchester Arches new homes consultation has now closed. We are collating your comments and will publish them soon.

Silchester Arches

The New Homes Delivery Programme (NHDP) has identified a site by Silchester Road as a potential area to help deliver new homes for the borough. This site, currently called Silchester Arches, will form part of ‘phase 2’ of the New Homes Programme.

We have been consulting residents, local businesses and organisations about the proposals and are now collating feedback ahead of the next stage of consultation later this year.

Location and red line map for the Silchester Arches site.

This video presentation was prepared for the first stage of the consultation which closed on 7 January 2021. It gives you details about the site and our aspirations for it. We’d encourage you to watch the video to gain a better understanding of the proposals.

Download the presentation slides from the first stage of the Silchester Arches public consultation events 2020.

Silchester Arches - Round 1 Consultation Presentation

Contact us

For all other enquiries, please contact us at: newhomesenquiries@rbkc.gov.uk.

Silchester Arches questions and answers

How many homes will be provided and how tall will the development be?We will use what we hear from the consultations to create a scheme that optimises the number of homes we deliver on this site, whilst respecting the adjoining buildings and surrounding area.

What is the existing social housing situation in Kensington and Chelsea?There is a severe shortage of social homes in the borough. High-priority applicants are likely to have to wait a number of years for a home, or potentially longer for three-bedroom and larger properties. As part of our brief we would look to provide as many two and three bed social rent family homes as possible to meet the needs we have in the borough.

What is “social rent”? Will these homes be affordable and how will they be split between private and social housing?100 per cent of the Silchester homes are proposed to be provided as affordable housing. It is currently proposed that all the new homes for this site will be for social 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 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 Silchester site. Views from the first stage of the consultation which ended on 7 January 2021 will shape designs to be presented at a second consultation planned for later this year.

How can residents and the wider community share their views?Residents and other local key stakeholders can share their views during the three stages of our consultation. The first stage has now closed and the second stage is due to open later this year. 

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 late 2021, with completion of the first new homes in early-2023.

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 sites in the programme. We intend to retain long term ownership of the affordable homes proposed for Silchester.

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 PRP as architect for the project. PRP is a London-based practice which has won a number of awards for housing, including new affordable housing developments.

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, emphasis is being placed on sustainability, for example enhanced insulation to reduce fuel bills, heating, hot water sources and careful use of building materials.  

Will we hire local people to work on the Silchester 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 secure this.