Construction work for 46 new affordable homes at Winstanley & York Road Estate officially ‘topped out’ this week. To celebrate the milestone, Councillor Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, joined development partners at the site to oversee progress.
Built by Winstanley & York Road Regeneration, a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey Central London and Wandsworth Council, the new apartment buildings will provide new council homes for existing estate residents.
The council has directly invested £13.5m to bring forward the new homes, which will be ready to occupy next year. As part of their construction, the team is consulting with estate residents over details of fit out and materials in the flats.
This forms part of major plans drawn up by Winstanley & York Road Regeneration to breathe new life into the Wandsworth estate. Under the proposals, 2,550 new homes would be provided, 35% of which are to be affordable, including replacement homes for all existing secure tenant and resident leaseholders, as well as new community facilities including a state-of-the-art leisure and community centre, a library, a children’s centre and nursery.
The affordable homes will be offered in a range of tenures, including social rent, shared ownership, shared equity, affordable rent and private rent.
Commenting, Councillor Ravi Govindia (pictured above)said: “Winstanley and York Road are two of Wandsworth’s major housing estates and our vision is to completely regenerate both of these estates. Taking care of existing residents and ensuring that they are appropriately housed is really important to us, which is why this block specifically provides new homes for decanted estate residents.
“However, this is more than just new homes, this will be a transformational project — there will be untold opportunities for people to train, improve their life chances, education and skills. We want to build new homes and an exciting future for all who live in them.”
Lee Bishop, Managing Director from Taylor Wimpey, added: “Importantly, the regeneration of Winstanley & York Road Estate will provide all existing council tenants and resident leaseholders with fantastic, high quality new homes on the same site. We hope that this new apartment building will provide the first of many affordable homes across the estate.”
A masterplan planning application for the regeneration of the estate was submitted by Winstanley & York Road Regeneration earlier this year, with a decision expected this autumn.
Key benefits within the application include:
- The provision of up to 2,550 new homes, 35% of which are to be affordable
- A mix of tenures including social rent, shared ownership, shared equity, affordable rent, private rent and open market sale
- The re-provision of all Council rent and resident leaseholder homes to be demolished, ensuring that no existing secure tenant or resident leaseholder will be required to permanently relocate from their community
- Major new community infrastructure, including a state-of-the-art leisure and community centre, a library, a children’s centre and nursery
- The creation of a new public park totalling 2.49 hectares
- Significant economic benefits, including: in excess of 388 net additional permanent jobs and gross value added (GVA) to the local economy of £207.6m
A new council employment and skills centre has already been delivered as part of the regeneration.