Kick Start Site 3 (KSS3), the first phase of the Woodberry Down regeneration, benefits from an exceptional waterside location. Sitting adjacent to East Stoke Newington Reservoir and the New River, both areas of Metropolitan Open Land, the setting has had a significant influence on the design. The redevelopment has opened up access to a linear river walk and the new nature reserve, while all homes feature a balcony, terrace or garden and the site is heavily pedestrianised. There is 670 sq m of retail space on site.

Planning History

In 2002, structural assessment determined that the 42 local authority housing blocks at Woodberry Down were ‘beyond economic repair’. Berkeley Homes inherited the masterplan for regeneration in 2009. In 2012 these plans were reviewed as a result of government policy, economic changes and differences between the original masterplan and the subsequent detailed proposals. A revised masterplan was informed by residents. KSS3 necessitated a new application since the outline planning permission did not allow for its proposals, and planning permission was granted in July 2012. Construction commenced that year. Affordable housing at Woodberry Down took precedence during early development. To date, 51% of the homes delivered have been affordable, against a final total of affordable homes of 41%. KSS3 is wholly private to balance this.

Project Team

Architect: Rolfe Judd
Developer: Berkeley Homes
Planning Authority: Greater London Authority

Development Data

Site size (ha): 1.37
Date of completion: 12/01/2016
Schedule of accommodation: 16 studio, 145 x 1 bed, 152 x 2 bed, 88 x 3 bed
Tenure mix: 100% private
Size of typical home: 51
Parking spaces: 168

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