• Proposals by Connected Living London – the long-term partnership between Grainger plc and Transport for London – to deliver 139 new homes for rent with 40 per cent affordable housing are given the go-ahead by Lambeth Council’s Planning Committee 
  • Development is the second scheme by Connected Living London to be given the go-ahead in less than three months
  • Scheme also provides more than 2,700 sqm of light industrial workspace, building on the area’s history of industry

A new mixed-use development of 139 new rental homes and more than 2,700 sqm of light industrial workspace in north Lambeth has been given the go-ahead, helping to provide quality rental housing for the area along with commercial opportunities to help support the local economy.

The proposals by Connected Living London (CLL) – the formal partnership between Grainger plc and Transport for London (TfL) – have been designed by award-winning architects, Hawkins\Brown and will occupy a site currently being used to facilitate the delivery of the Northern Line Extension.

The new rental homes, which include 40 per cent affordable housing, will be delivered across two buildings with a central mews street between them. They will be a mixture of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom properties, providing options for all types of households. The affordable homes will be provided at a discount to open market rates for rent.

Situated within ten minutes’ walking distance of Vauxhall, Kennington and Oval stations, the development’s location means residents will have a number of different ways to travel sustainably using the public transport network, including the Tube, rail network and buses. For those looking to enjoy one of London’s most famous natural landmarks, the River Thames is less than fifteen minutes’ walk away.

Connected Living Image - Montford Place  2 Credit - Hawkins Brown

The development has also been shaped deliberately to incorporate sustainability throughout its design and features a sustainable energy system, which includes solar panels. The buildings also have roof gardens, biodiverse roofs, hedges and bird boxes to help to provide shelter and roosting sites for birds.

To help support the local economy, more than 2,700 sqm of light industrial space is also being created as part of the development. Building on the area’s history of industry, this space offers an opportunity for a range of businesses, which could include the likes of a fashion studio, photography workspace or cycle repair shops. The central mews street can also be used to bring the community together by hosting pop-up markets and street food vendors.

Ben Tate, Head of Build to Rent at Transport for London, said: “It’s brilliant to be given the go-ahead for the first of our schemes in Lambeth, building on the success of our scheme at Southall.

“Our scheme at Montford Place is a truly mixed-use development.  It will provide new rental homes that are desperately needed and will contribute to the local economy by delivering a significant amount of great commercial space that will enable business to flourish.”

Mike Keaveney, Director of Land and Development, Grainger plc said “This is another great milestone for Connected Living London and will see the delivery of much needed quality rental homes for people in Lambeth. We look forward to seeing this vibrant new mixed-use community brought to life.”

Connected Living Image - Montford Place  3 Credit - Hawkins Brown

With the capital’s shortage of quality rental properties and affordable homes, CLL was established in July 2019 with an ambition of creating London’s leading mixed tenure rental communities, providing excellent service in a place where residents feel secure and at home.

The development at Montford Place is the second of CLL’s schemes to be given the go-ahead at planning committee, following a successful outcome three months ago its application to deliver 460 new rental homes in. Since it was set up in July 2019, CLL has submitted four planning applications. The plans for Nine Elms, located close to the Northern Line extension, and Arnos Grove, situated next to the Tube station, are due to be heard at planning committees in the coming months.

If all are approved, these four schemes would collectively deliver more than 1,200 new rental homes across the city, with each scheme individually delivering 40 per cent affordable housing, alongside industrial and commercial workspace and improvements for the local community.