We want to hear from you at each stage, so see our community participation pages on events so far and how to get involved.
This is a major and complex project that will go through a number of stages. We are currently anticipating the submission of a planning application in 2023. If planning permission is granted and following the appointment of a contractor, a start on site could be made in 2024. We currently anticipate the construction programme to be 18 to 24 months. Like any major project, this timeline is uncertain and could change.
The high level timeline is below:
During this year we completed the first stage to successfully develop a early scheme and financial model. This stage is set out below and has included working with residents, centre users and other stakeholders to:
- Appointed our professional team including Mole Architects (insert as hyper link https://www.molearchitects.co.uk/), Igloo Regeneration Development Managers (http://www.iglooregeneration.co.uk/), Measur Surveyors (https://www.measur.com/home.html), DLP Planning (https://www.dlpconsultants.co.uk/ )
- Got support from Community-led Housing London (https://www.communityledhousing.london/) to develop the project
- Appointed a client lead – Dan Hill – to work with our staff and board
- Started working with other partners to establish the project, including the Greater London Authority who are the Hall’s freeholders (https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land)
- Completed a Community and Housing Needs Survey
- Held our first public meeting
- Held our first Advisory Group meeting
- Held our second Advisory Group meeting looking at early approaches and options for the site
- Held our ‘Footprint workshop’ looking at project aims and sustainability
- Held our third Advisory Group meeting looking at early approaches and options for the site
- Held an options workshop with our board members
- Had meetings with Britannia Village General Management Company Board, Greater London Authority and other stakeholders
- Agreed with our board to submit a preferred approach to Newham Council for discussion
In 2021 we have also:
• Secured funding from the GLA for the next phase of work.
• Looked at delivery options and shortlisted two for further consideration. This includes working with a housing association or setting up a Community Land Trust. In all circumstances WSF will continue to manage the new community hub and will not take on development risk directly.
• Started working with local residents, L&Q and Groundwork to plan and deliver improvements to Britannia Village Green.
• Undertaken negotiations on the changes we need to make to the lease of the hall site to allow for residential uses to be included.
• Undertaken another public meeting in September.
In 2022 we are focusing on:
• Ongoing participation and the setting up of the local groups to work with us.
• Finalising the agreements that we need from other parties to the lease on the Hall.
• Developing the design and financial viability further.
• Deciding on delivery options and putting the delivery route in place.