Approval Given for Over 200 New Flats in Sands End

Watermeadow Court will include three blocks up to ten storeys high

A CGI of the new homes set for Sands End. Picture: Peabody/Hunters/Mount Anvil

Plans to build 260 flats along the Thames in Fulham have been given the go ahead with half the properties set to be affordable. Developers have been given planning permission to build 266 new flats at a brownfield site at Watermeadow Court in Sands End.

The new site will feature three housing blocks ranging from four to ten stories with 13 disabled parking spaces. The new outdoor space will feature a private courtyard, wild flowers and boxes to house bats and bees.

Property developer Mount Anvil and Peabody Homes have won permission to build a mix of one to three-bedroom apartments on the site. Hammersmith and Fulham Council approved plans for 226 homes on the 0.48 hectare site in October 2019. But the developers have won revised permission for new plans to build 266 homes and 133 affordable ones instead.

There are currently around 3,000 people waiting for affordable housing in the borough and the council has pledged to spend £600 million on housing over the next 12 years. Peabody’s head of new business Phil Church said, “The increase in affordable housing will help people on the waiting lists.”

The development site was previously home to three 1980s blocks containing 80 homes before they were demolished after they were deemed substandard back in 2008. A report by planning experts Barton Wilmore on behalf of the developers said the new residents at Watermeadow Court will increase local spending by an estimated £5.5 million a year and studies determined there is enough space at local schools and dentists for the new tenants.

It adds, “The replacement and additional affordable housing have been integrated into the development and will enable a mixed and inclusive community to be created… the proposed development represents an opportunity to deliver a high-quality regeneration of the application site that will create an impressive living environment for residents, improve the quality of life for affordable tenants and create a place that people can be proud to live in.”

Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning committee approved the plans during a meeting on Wednesday 6 July.

Hannah Neary - Local Democracy Reporter

July 6, 2022