Bermondsey residents are to get another 49 council flats, after a plan for two new blocks on the Rennie Estate got the green light, writes Kit Heren…
The new development on Galleywall Road includes ten three-bed flats and two four-beds, plans show. Some 17 will be two-bed flats and the other 20 will have one bed.
The scheme will also include two playgrounds and an outdoor gym for adults. The plans will also see a new “communal amenity space” added, as well as better landscaping and improved lighting at the back of the estate, Southwark Council said.
The buildings will be on the site of garages, next to Trevithick House. One of the blocks will be twelve storeys and the other will have five floors. Some local residents have objected on the planning application about a possible loss of light from the new buildings, but a report commissioned by the council found the impact on sunlight to be “acceptable”.
Councillor Stephanie Cryan, cabinet member for council housing, said, “I’m thrilled this development now has planning permission and will be going ahead. These new homes will be perfect for local people in housing need in the borough, providing the safe, secure homes they desperately need.
“And I know that adults and children living on Rennie Estate will be delighted with the new playgrounds, gym and other improvements we’ll be making there.
The new development will use air source heat pumps to provide heating and hot water. absorbing heat from the outside air instead of burning fossil fuels, which the council said means lower carbon emissions and lower costs for residents.
Work is due to get started towards the end of this year and finish two years later in winter 2023.