Architect says over half of Farm Lane flats will be affordable
A CGI of the new housing planned on Farm Lane
January 9, 2023
A disused children’s home on Farm Lane, east of North End Road is set to be demolished and the site redeveloped to produce 31 new flats.
Locally based architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is working with Hammersmith & Fulham Council to create a new three to five storey building containing 14 one bedroom, 15 two bedroom and two three bedroom flats, with landscaped grounds and a play area.
The architect says over half of these the flats at 11 Farm Lane will be affordable, with 60% of those to be available for social rent and 40% shared ownership. Three of the flats will be fully accessible.
The development will be fossil fuel free with air source heat pumps providing heating and hot water. In addition, the architect says it will have a highly efficient building fabric achieving a Certified Passive House Classic standard.
The brick building was formerly used as a children’s home, and more recently as a day centre for Age Concern, with supported housing in its upper floors. Today it is next door to Farm Lane Care Home.
A aerial plan of the Farm Lane development site
The architect notes that though the site has fallen into disrepair and is largely overgrown, the abundance of greenery, including several mature trees, creates a garden like appearance which is of benefit to residents and neighbours. It is hoped that some of these trees will be preserved in the redevelopment.
The garden at the Farm Lane property
The Farm Lane site is in a prime position, close to Fulham Broadway and backing onto Walham Grove, one of the most expensive streets in SW6.
The building on Farm Lane as it is now
A planning application has been submitted to H&F Council for:
Redevelopment of the site to provide a Class C3 residential building, ranging in height from 3 to 5 storeys, together with car and cycle parking, hard and soft landscaping, play space, creation of new vehicular access to Farm Lane, removal of existing vehicular access to Farm Lane and other associated works.
The application and supporting documents can be found on the council’s website using reference 2022/03329/FR3, and it is currently open for comments from local residents.
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