Affordable family homes on a farm in Zone 1 have moved a step closer after Lambeth council approved plans for the scheme, at Vauxhall City Farm.
The original proposal from developers, St James was for 14 small shared ownership homes at the Eastbury House site which is part of the wider regeneration of the Vauxhall area. However, a rethink has led to the new plan which will result in eight larger homes for social rent, with more overall rooms, just round the corner at the farm.
Associated improvements to the farm, which welcomes over 20,000 visitors a year, will mean more learning and office space and a slight increase in land.
Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet member for Housing said: “Family sized homes are badly needed in Lambeth and although these are off site, they are just round the corner, are of better quality and will be for social rent. This is an example of imagination, collaboration and pragmatism which means looking beyond the headline figure on affordable housing to the quality and type of homes that will be provided for local people.”
It is hoped that the first residents could move in Spring 2015 – way ahead of those into Eastbury House.