A disused Bermondsey hostel attracting “fly-tipping” and “anti-social behaviour” will make way for 35 flats with 57 per cent social rent housing.
Southwark Council is the applicant behind the development on Priter Road, at the corner of St James’ and Dockley Road.
Southwark councillors voted in favour of the application, with one abstention, at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday, January 24.
Residents on the neighbouring Keetons Estate had objected to the proposal over its “detrimental impact on light and privacy”.
But while a council officer “acknowledged there would be some impact on neighbouring properties” she said it was acceptable given the urban context.
North Bermondsey councillor Emily Tester hailed the “fantastic” development that would provide “affordable housing and plenty of it”.
She said: “As ward councillors, we are really supportive of the delivery of new affordable housing in the ward.
“It’s really fantastic that this site is doing more than 50 per cent (affordable housing) by habitable room and we’re really happy to see that.”
Southwark Council’s planning guidelines say housing developments must provide 35 per cent affordable housing as a minimum.
Cllr Tester also said the site was “not looking great” and had “real issues” with fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour.
She added that she believed the council was currently employing private security to deter squatters.
“It’s really good to see something finally happening with this site,” she added.
Residents on the Keetons Estate had railed against the development saying “the new building should not be any taller than what is already there”.
“The proposed building is sited to the South of these properties and its increased height will result in all direct sunlight being lost,” they wrote.
But Cllr Tester said the impacts on daylight and sunlight would not be “massively substantive”.
Surveys by council officers deemed the levels of sunlight loss acceptable.
The development will see the demolition of three two-storey hostel buildings which have been vacant since 2020.
The new flats will be housed in a part five, part six-storey building. Fifteen will be let at social rent while twenty will be private.
However, most of the larger family homes are earmarked as social rent meaning the development will have 57 per cent social housing overall.
The social rent and private units will be mixed together and a children’s play space and cycle will also be provided.