Go Ahead Given for Massive Battersea Development

Over two thousand new flats to be built on the Winstanley and York Road Estates

January 29, 2020

Wandsworth Council’s planning committee have given the green light to a huge new housing development at a meeting this Tuesday night (28 January).

Plans for 2,550 housing units, 35 per cent of which are classed as affordable, plus a range of community facilities will be built on the Winstanley and York Road Estates.

The scheme include replacement council homes for all existing secure tenants and resident homeowners plus a leisure and community centre, library, children’s centre and nursery.

At the same meeting councillors approved plans to potentially build 759 new homes on three plots of the former Royal Mail site in Nine Elms, bringing the total number of potential new homes approved this week to 3,309. Across the entire former Royal Mail site, 1,950 homes are planned by 2025, 363 of which would be classed as affordable.

The Winstanley and York Road plans were developed following what the council describe as extensive consultation with local people. The claim more than 7,000 households were invited to a series of events including school sessions, design workshops and resident group meetings.

Leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Ravi Govindia, said, “We have carried out varied and extensive rounds of public consultation ensuring that residents and the community have their say on our ambitious plans to shape the area. The great news we have received today brings us one step closer to delivering on the Winstanley and York Road masterplan in this Joint Venture Partnership.

“The regeneration of this area will bring forth more than just new homes, we are building a new leisure centre, new library, and new children’s centre around a new park. We want to build new homes and an exciting future for all who live in them.”

Lee Bishop from Taylor Wimpey said, “We are obviously delighted that after a significant period of public consultation and engagement with the local community and our key stakeholders, Wandsworth Council has given the green light to our detailed plans to breathe new life into Winstanley and York Road Estate. The proposals will deliver major benefits to the community – not least a significant number of quality new homes, but also a range of new community facilities.”

There will be a mix of tenures including social rent, shared ownership, shared equity, affordable rent, private rent and open market sale. The council say the new council homes will be built to match the housing needs of the existing residents and will be fully adapted to residents’ physical mobility needs. There will also be new community infrastructure, including a leisure and community centre, a library, a children’s centre and nursery. A new public park is at the centre of the development which totals 2.49 hectares.

A new employment and skills centre run by the council’s Work Match scheme has already been delivered as part of the regeneration, whilst work is well underway on 46 new affordable homes as part of the first phase of this development, which provided new council homes for existing estate residents.