12 March 2012

Concerns raised about new development proposed for Robsart Street

Some Vassall Ward residents have raised concerns about a proposed development on Robsart Street, SW9 which, it is feared, will have an adverse impact on the local area.

The proposals are being put forward by landlord Community Trust Housing which wants to regenerate the Stockwell Park estate and provide more desperately needed accommodation for Lambeth residents.

Community Trust Housing expect to submit plans to Lambeth for the redevelopment shortly. Initial plans would, if approved by Lambeth's Planning Committee, see the replacement of Wayland House by several new blocks of flats providing a mixture of social and private housing. The landlord has held several consultations with residents of the Stockwell Park Estate - residents supported the construction of new housing rather than the refurbishment of existing accommodation. Demolition of Wayland House will start later in 2012.

Concern has been raised about the replacement of the main block with a possible 19 floor block of flats as well as the construction of further high-rise blocks which it is feared will overshadow the local area and Slade Gardens. To read more about the concerns of some residents in surrounding streets see the Wayland Action Group webpage

Local Vassall Councillor Adrian Garden has expressed concerns that a 19 storey building may not be appropriate for the area and supported local residents in raising their concerns.

Local Lorn Road residents Paul Nixon and Valerie Farnell also expressed concerns about the proposals, both however stressed that providing good quality affordable housing was the top priority for the area.

Read the Wayland House regeneration bulletin