Avanton gets green light for GBP250, 453-home urban village in Richmond

London developer Avanton has been granted the go-ahead for a new GBP250 million (GDV) urban-village development located on the 4.45 acre (1.8 hectare) former Homebase site off Manor Road in London’s Richmond.

The new urban-village will provide 453 apartments and penthouses, of which 173 homes will be affordable and the balance private sale, complete with a linear pocket-park, retail, community and office uses, and landscaping, public and private open spaces.
Avanton acquired the Homebase site in 2018 and submitted planning for a new urban-village scheme which was initially refused by Richmond Council in 2019. The Mayor of London intervened and called the scheme in, and in October 2020 planning permission was granted by Sadiq Khan. Given the high number of local comments, the scheme was referred to the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick who has now confirmed that he does not wish to call in the application and is content that it should be determined by the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority, meaning that the planning approval stands and the development can go-ahead. 
Existing buildings will be demolished and replaced with four striking buildings designed by award winning architectural practice Assael Architecture between four and 11 storeys tall. The buildings are designed around large piazzas and tree lined boulevards and the development is complete with a linear pocket-park to the Western boundary of the scheme, car parking and cycle bays.
Khan says: “This site is well-connected, under-utilised, previously developed land that is exactly the kind of site we need to intensify if we are to develop in a sustainable manner, protect the green belt, and deliver the homes Londoners need.”
A spokesperson for Avanton says: “Avanton is delighted that the new urban-village in Richmond has been granted the go-ahead with the Secretary of State upholding the Mayor of London’s planning approval. Avanton purchased the Homebase site three years ago and after the initial plans to build 385 units were rejected by the local authority the Mayor of London granted consent for the 453 unit urban-village.

“Avanton’s new urban-village will create a collection of high quality private sale homes and will also have a transformative effect on access to affordable housing in Richmond, providing the same as the total number of new affordable homes that have been delivered in the entire borough over the last three years. The highly sustainable design blends high quality buildings with extensive landscaping and a linear pocket-park. Construction of the project will commence in summer 2021 and take 30 months.”
Alongside the new urban-village in Richmond in March 2021 work will start on the first phase (550 homes) of Avanton’s new Ruby Triangle development on Old Kent Road which will provide a total of 1,152 new homes, with 40 per cent affordable housing and a sports centre on a 1.36 hectare (3.3 acre) site with the buildings designed around a large landscaped courtyard garden.
Further along Old Kent Road Avanton currently have in planning their GBP230 million (GDV) residential-led mixed use regeneration project on the 1.6 hectare (4 acre) SGN Gasholders site which will provide 750 residential units, open space and over 50,000 sq ft of light industrial commercial use, supporting the Council’s Healthy Living strategy.

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