Garages in Peckham’s Fenham Road will be knocked down and rebuilt as new council homes, after planning permission was granted last week.
The site has room for five new homes, three of which Southwark Council’s housing boss says will be offered to tenants in the area whose homes are unsuitable for their needs. The remaining two will be let to households currently on the waiting list for a tenancy.
The council says only a ‘small number’ of the existing garages were being used and residents will be offered ‘alternative storage space’ before construction begins.
Councillor Leo Pollak, Cabinet Member for Housing, said,“I’m delighted that this development has been given the all clear from planning, with works due to start soon.
“The Fenham Road garages site is just one of many examples where we are maximising the potential of underused spaces in the borough to create much-needed new homes for local people.
“I’m particularly pleased that even on small discrete sites such as these we have followed through on our commitment to ensure new council housing conveys the pride and care we have for council housing design, and that these homes will fit comfortably among the surrounding Victorian terraces.
“I’m confident the neighbourhood will be proud of these homes, and I look forward to seeing local residents in desperate need of a high quality, secure and properly affordable home moving in.”
The redevelopment has been designed by architects Fraser Brown MacKenna. It will have two one-beds and three two-bed flats. Work is expected to begin in Autumn this year.