Flaxyard site


The Site

The Flaxyard development is taking place on the open land behind 1-51 Peckham High Road between Sumner Avenue and Melon Road, and open land next to 59 Peckham High Street.

There will be three new buildings of four and six storeys.

We are building 120 new homes that will be 100% genuinely affordable housing, with 96 new council homes for social rent (80%) and 24 shared ownership homes (20%).

There will also be a ground floor commercial unit in one block.

Historical Context

Before the mid-90s, the site was privately owned by Flaxyards, who developed a planning application to build a commercial development there.

When that did not go ahead the council stepped in to buy it in 1995.

We initially proposed to use the site as a passenger terminus for the Cross River Tram and a bus interchange.

When that was blocked by political opposition, we looked for another use and decided to use it for genuinely affordable housing.

The site is designated mixed-use residential in the Southwark Plan.

The planning application originally included a plan to convert Sumner Houseinto another residential development to help fund the council homes on the Flaxyard site. However, because this building is still needed to provide office space for social workers, these plans were cancelled and will not take place.

The scheme was originally planned to be delivered by Clarion Housing Association.

After it was agreed mutually to dissolve the development partnership, we have delivered the project directly.

Flaxyard site

Flaxyard site

Development team

Project Manager: Andrew McDermott andrew.mcdermott@southwark.gov.uk

The following partners are working with us to deliver this development:


Lead Consultant: Martin Arnold

Constructor: Bouygues UK

Architect: Levitt Bernstein

Site location


Sumner Road


Southwark boundary

Construction started

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How many homes are we building?

This development will provide a total of 120 new homes, including:

Social rent

Other genuinely affordable

Outright sale

Indicative development timetable

On site

Milestone completed

Planning submission
Summer 2016

Milestone completed

Planning approval
Winter 2019

Milestone completed

Construction begins
Summer 2021

Milestone pending

Construction completion
Spring 2024

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