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Archio’s ‘permanently affordable’ homes in south London approved

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Archio’s proposal for 11 permanently affordable homes on disused garage plots in south London has been approved by Lewisham councillors

The practice was chosen by local residents in a public vote for the Brasted Close project, which was delivered through the increasingly popular Community Land Trust (CLT) model.

The development began with a Lewisham Citizens campaign that identified the lack of affordable housing as a serious local problem.

Each home will be sold at a price linked to local wages, so one-bedroom flats will cost £192,000 and two-bedroom apartments £244,000 – less than half the market price for similar homes in the  neighbourhood.

To qualify to buy one of the flats, applicants must be in a certain income bracket and have strong ties to the local community.

If they choose to sell, they will have to apply the same criteria for buyers, so, it is calculated, the properties’ prices will only rise with average incomes across the borough.

These will be the first CLT homes in Lewisham, but the borough’s mayor, Damian Egan, has promised to deliver 200 by 2022.

The proposed building, which will be delivered together with the London Community Land Trust, faces onto a landscaped courtyard with rectangular balconies zig-zagging across its front elevation.

The exterior will be built of pale brick and a central winding staircase at the rear will be made of painted mild steel. A series of insets will be carved into the block to bring light into the centre of the building.

According to Archio, the site is highly constrained, so it has designed the building with a stepped profile to address the change in height between the surrounding developments.

It will also be carefully positioned to fit the estate’s existing layout and to minimise impacts on a neighbouring school and residents.

Archio director Mellis Haward said the studio’s architectural proposals emerged from a collaborative design process with the residents and the council, and she was delighted it had received planning permission.

She said: ‘London CLT homes demonstrate an incredible opportunity to create genuinely affordable homes on the kind of forgotten garage sites which we see all over London.’

Calum Green, co-director of London Community Land Trust, said it ‘showed that involving people in design almost always leads to a more thoughtful, considered building’.

Ground floor plan

Ground floor plan

Project data

Location Lewisham, London
Type of project Affordable Community Land Trust housing
Client London Community Land Trust
Architect Archio
Landscape architect Kinnear Landscape
Planning consultant CMA
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E consultant Ingine
Quantity surveyor Ian Sayer & Co
Gross internal floor area 659m²
Form of contract Design and Build
Total cost Undisclosed

556clt workshop web

556clt workshop web

Workshop with local residents 

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  • 'The kind of forgotten garage sites we see all over London'
    Given the desperate demand for genuinely affordable housing there must surely be a need to ensure that such sites aren't just exploited by enterprising developers and architects to gain the maximum return.
    The ambition of the mayor in Walter Segal's old stamping ground to see 200 such homes in 3 years sounds rather ambitious - but might be a reflection of just how much derelict 'backland' space there is in this borough alone.

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