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.
Location and red line map for the Silchester Arches site.
Second round of consultation
Following the first round of consultation at the end of the last year, we have organised a further two online chat sessions to provide details on how we have incorporated your feedback into the designs for the site.
This new video presentation and slides give you details of the latest proposals and shows you how we have adapted the plans. We’d encourage you to watch the video before attending one of our online chat sessions in March or completing the feedback form, however this is not essential.
Live chat sessions
There will be two online chat sessions via Zoom, where you can ask any questions regarding the latest proposals. These Zoom chat sessions will take place on:
- Thursday 25 March, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
- Saturday 27 March, 10.30am to 11.30am
Online feedback form
Please complete the online feedback form by Thursday 29 April 2021
First round of consultation
We consulted residents, local businesses and organisations about the proposals in our first round of consultation at the end of 2020. We held two online chat sessions as well as an online survey to gather views. Not only that, but we received eight feedback forms.
First round Silchester Arches New Homes survey results
Headline findings from the first stage of the consultation
- Nine local residents, organisations and businesses attended our two live chat sessions
Thoughts on the plans for new homes
- Three quarters of those who responded supported the plans
- One respondent objected due to the number of homes that could be built on the site, over development and proximity to the railway line
Thoughts on improvements you’d like to see on site
- 63% better use of site and provision of shared outdoor space
- 50% creating a safer environment
- 38% enhanced street lighting and unattractive
Thoughts on size of new homes
- 13% one bed or other
- 50% two bed
- 38% three or more
Thoughts on most important aspects of the site
Comments covered topics including
- the provision of new homes;
- having a well-designed building on the street;
- that people living nearby are treated with dignity and respect;
- and that the garden business currently on the site is moved to a suitable site
Read the full report from the first round of consultation
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.
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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?100 per cent of the homes proposed for the Silchester Arches site are for social rent. This means that the Council will retain ownership of all of the properties and none will be sold.
How will the homes be allocated?The new homes will be allocated via our Housing Register. We are also exploring a Local Lettings Policy.
What are the stages of this consultation?This is a three-stage consultation which began 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 have shaped the current designs in the second stage of consultation.
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. This will be via online chat sessions, feedback forms and face to face sessions once Covid-19 regulations allow.
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.
How will this development impact upon parking in the area?
We are aware of the shortage of parking in the area and that this is a concern for local residents. None of the new homes built on this site will be eligible for parking permits. A permit will only be issued to the ground floor flat which has disabled access. This also supports the Council’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions in the borough.
Is the Council engaging with ACAVA over the improvement plans?
We have been in discussions with the management of ACAVA and will be asking them to arrange a meeting with their users. We must ensure the existing site remains suitable and secure for its current occupants.
How is the Council dealing with the existing anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance in the area and how will you stop this from increasing?
We are aware of reports of anti-social behaviour in the area and will be talking to our housing colleagues who are dealing with issues raised by residents. Once we have completed our consultation and a final design for the site has been agreed, we will be appointing a security consultant for the scheme who will advise on the most appropriate methods to reduce anti-social behaviour on the new site.
Have you already decided on a nine storey building for this site?
No decision has been taken on the height or scale of the proposed scheme for this site. We are keen to hear the views of local residents’ before we progress with design and planning. The nine storey option would be the maximum height on this site advised by our planning department. This is only one of several options we are seeking views on. From our early chat sessions with residents, it is clear that this option is unpopular.
We are concerned that the privacy of nearby Bramley House residents will be affected by the new development, can you reassure us?
We will work with the architects on the developed design to consider the impact on privacy at Bramley House and will ensure this addressed in the next round of consultation so residents are involved and reassured.
Will there be a Local Lettings Policy linked to this development and who will be able to apply?
We understand this is something residents may wish us to explore, so we are currently looking at the option of a Local Lettings Policy for this site. We will develop any proposals via consultation and engagement with residents.
Will you commit to face to face consultation on the plans for this site?
It was always our intention to hold face to face meetings with residents to help develop the plans for this site but we have had to follow the strict Covid-19 regulations to ensure our residents and staff are safe. As lockdown eases and when the restrictions allow, we are planning to hold face to face participation sessions with residents.