20 October 2021

Parkhouse planning success!

20 October 2021

Parkhouse planning success!

We’re thrilled that our development 25-33 Parkhouse Street has been given the go-ahead by the London Borough of Southwark! This key regeneration site will transform part of the existing Burgess Business Park into a new creative quarter, which champions sustainability and occupier wellness. On Tuesday evening (19th October 2021), Planning Committee Members voted unanimously in favour to grant planning permission for our innovative development, which will deliver an impressive 72% carbon reduction, reinforcing the borough’s roadmap towards carbon neutrality. 25-33 Parkhouse Street promises to be a pioneering development that is taking the necessary steps towards delivering energy-neutral buildings, true to our founding principles.

We’re getting a reputation for our bold and brave attitude towards reducing carbon emissions within the built environment, this development is no different. We will deliver 109 homes including affordable and generously sized family homes, on the border of Burgess Park. Plans also include 1,351sqm of modern and flexible commercial space, inclusive of affordable space. Prioritising considered design, the development will occupy the same amount of space currently available on-site, ensuring there is no net loss of commercial area, but that it is optimised to deliver a modern, flexible and functioning space. These plans will allow for the creation of up to three times more jobs than the existing warehouse on the site.

There will also be 2,283sqm dedicated to the creation of new open and accessible outdoor space, an overprovision to the policy requirements, but especially important to us and our mission to deliver better spaces for a better world. Benefits will include recreational areas for future residents and occupiers of the new neighbourhood.

The current 0.34ha site comprises a warehouse building within the Burgess Business Park, which will be transformed with the delivery of this vibrant mixed-use development, and also include an extensive green corridor to visually connect Parkhouse Street to Burgess Park, in line with the aspirations of the New Southwark Plan and the Council’s Local Development Study for the area. The development will be car-free and provide 223 cycle spaces to help encourage sustainable transport.

The site was identified and allocated for regeneration as part of the New Southwark Plan and is located in an Urban Density Zone. 25-33 Parkhouse Street delivers the ideal mix of residential and employment uses to help breathe life back into the area. Leading up to the committee, we carried out extensive community engagement with our architects HTA Design to gain valuable feedback from local residents and businesses which was taken into consideration when proposing the final plans. Changes include a reduction in massing along Parkhouse Street, an enhancement of the façade details and materials, and a reduction in the number of homes from 128 to 109 with an uplift of 84% of the homes being dual aspect.

Our Development Director, Craig Carson says: “We are thrilled that Southwark Planning Committee Members unanimously voted in favour to grant planning permission for our scheme at Parkhouse Street. All of us at Joseph Homes believe that developers have the power to shape a better world and we are proud to lead the way in designing and creating homes and spaces with pioneering energy efficiency, prioritising carbon reductions and user wellbeing. With COP26 fast approaching, we hope others in the industry are inspired to challenge traditional methods of build and lean on innovation to support the country’s battle in fighting the climate emergency.

“We are delighted with the decision taken by London Borough of Southwark, and we look forward to continuing to work with local residents, businesses and the Council in delivering these proposals.”

The sustainability of the build and finished development was a principal consideration throughout the design process, resulting in an innovative energy strategy with will deliver a 38% reduction in residential energy bills. Plans also show a considerable contribution to biodiversity net gain and urban greening, by creating shared new open spaces at both ground and roof levels. The 25-33 Parkhouse Street project team includes HTA Design, Iceni, GIA, Montagu Evans, Chris Twinn Sustainability and Patrick Parsons, all aligned by our values to ensure the delivery of quality new homes for local residents, with the wellbeing of homeowners at the heart of the development. The development will provide efficient and generous home layouts, allowing for homes to accommodate modern-day flexible working patterns.

 

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