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Council gives approval for hundreds of replacement and new homes on Tustin Estate

20 July 2022

Southwark Council’s Planning Committee has approved the outline masterplan and Phase 1 work for the Tustin Estate, at a meeting on 19 July.

The masterplan includes 690 homes, with 68 per cent affordable housing (made up of council rent, shared equity, key worker accommodation, and over-55s homes), and homes for private sale to raise funds for the council housing.

A replacement primary school will be provided along with re-provided commercial buildings and improved green space.

Phase 1 includes 167 council homes for existing residents, so they can avoid being moved off site while the older buildings are demolished. It will also include refurbishment of council-owned terraced houses at homes in Manor Grove and improvements to the surrounding landscape. Phase 1 is due to start on site this autumn.

Cllr Darren Merrill, Cabinet Member for Council Homes and Homelessness, said:  “I am delighted that these exciting new plans for the estate have been approved, especially for the residents of the estate who voted for the plans and were so involved in the design work.

“I would like to thank the residents of the Tustin Estate for working with the council on the proposals and the effort they put in to get this application over the line.

“I look forward to continuing to work with dRMM and the residents of the Tustin Estate, to deliver new council housing with high quality new homes for the people of Southwark.”

The Tustin Estate plans have been developed in close collaboration with residents, Southwark Council, and the project design team. In September 2021 dRMM, together with architects Adam Khan Architects and JA Projects, Beyond the Box (engagement) and Exterior Architecture (landscape design) were awarded the contract to redesign the five-hectare site behind the Old Kent Road.

Estate residents and the head of Pilgrims’ Way Primary School were part of the interview process and informed Southwark’s team selection. Weekly drop-in sessions, events targeting younger and older residents, community exhibition days and monthly project updates have ensured residents views helped shape the evolving design.

Judith Stichtenoth, Director, dRMM, said: “It has been a joy to work with the engaged and active community at the Tustin Estate. Their Residents Manifesto has been an invaluable tool in helping us to shape the future of the estate.

Working with the local community, the school, Southwark Council, the Bouygues and Linkcity team, and the Design Team has been a great success. Southwark Council’s aspirations for sustainable, socially oriented high quality housing design are exemplary and the design team are looking forward to taking this project forward to construction stage. It is a case study in community engagement and collaboration.”

The scheme has been designed to achieve a high standard of sustainable development and environmental performance. Phase 1 will reduce regulated CO2 emissions by 94 per cent against Building Regulations, which significantly exceeds planning requirements and will be one of the best performing developments in Southwark, helping to address the climate emergency.

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