Two years after first discovering the extent of the problems affecting the 85 homes at Solomon’s Passage, the London Borough of Southwark has granted planning permission to demolish and redevelop two of the four blocks.
Wandle, which owns and manages the four blocks of flats at Solomon’s Passage in Peckham, commissioned an independent report which recommended a combination of refurbishment and demolition with rebuild.
The new development will consist of a total of 87 homes, at least 35% of which will be affordable. The reimagined scheme meets the higher standards set out in the London Design Guide and attains greater levels of environmental sustainability.
Of the 85 households who had been living at Solomon’s Passage, all but one now has a long-term plan for their future housing, with 72 households now living in a permanent home elsewhere. The remaining 13 households will return to the redeveloped Solomon’s Passage.
Yinka Bolaji, Executive Director – Property and Development said:
“Since first discovering the severity of the defects at Solomon’s Passage, our number one priority has been the safety and welfare of the residents living in the four blocks.
“I am proud of the work we have done to find long-term rehousing for the residents of Solomon’s Passage, including all of the shared owners and leaseholders.
“This has been an incredibly difficult situation for everyone involved, especially for those whose homes have been affected but, by working together, we are a step closer to reproviding much-needed affordable homes on the site.”
The original developer, Green Acre Homes (South East) Limited, went into administration in August 2011. Wandle is currently pursuing litigation against other parties involved in the design and construction of Solomon’s Passage.
More information on the redevelopment of Solomon’s Passage can be found at wandle.com/Solomons-passage