Published: 7 July 2021
Planning approval for new affordable homes
Westminster City Council’s planning committee has approved the council’s plans to redevelop the former Carlton Dene care home site into 65 affordable extra care homes and 22 new affordable homes to replace Peebles House, which was a social rented block.
Following extensive consultation, Carlton Dene care home residents were supported to move into the new, dementia-friendly Beachcroft care home in Maida Vale at the end of last year.
Plans have now been given the green light to turn the 42-bed residential care home into a 65-bed extra care home, which will ensure older residents can have their long-term needs better met.
The Carlton Dene site redevelopment is the next step in the council’s adopted Specialist Housing Strategy for Older People Programme. This identified the need for more homes and a better choice of housing for older people to help them live independently, improving their quality of life.
The homes will be available at social rent for people aged 55 and over and will feature onsite support services and facilities. The extra care homes are designed to make sure people are safe and supported while remaining as independent as possible.
Flexible care for those who need it will be available from an on-site care team who will be on hand to provide a 24-hour emergency response.
Each home will be suitable for singles and/or couples, will be designed with plenty of space, light and ventilation and will be dementia-friendly. Accessibility is also a key consideration in the plans for residents with mobility issues, with six homes specifically available for wheelchair users.
Plans for Peebles House were also approved, which will provide 22 family-sized homes for affordable social and intermediate rent, more than double the number of homes than currently exist. These will be modern, high-quality, energy efficient homes next to Carlton Dene on the same site. All former Peebles House residents have a right to return to the new properties.
In line with our greener and cleaner City for All commitments, private outdoor space including balconies or gardens will be provided for each home. The development will also be designed using Passivhaus energy efficiency standards to ensure properties are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Extensive engagement has been carried out with the community, including two phases of pre-application public consultation, during which letters and booklets were sent to more than 5,000 households and telephone calls were made to hear views from those in the local area.
Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration, said:
We are committed to building affordable homes for people at all stages of their lives for residents in the community and this is another exciting milestone.
Extra care housing offers older people a chance to live somewhere with flexible care which is tailored to their individual needs. In addition, the 22 spacious family-sized homes available at social and intermediate rent at Peebles House are much needed in the area and will be available for existing and new residents to move in to.
We ran an extensive consultation process to ensure residents had the opportunity to view and comment on the proposals and I’m extremely pleased we can now progress with our plans. This scheme will not only benefit residents of the new homes, but will also offer a range of advantages for the wider local community with a new café and hairdressers and improved public realm.