Summary of residents’ meeting - 31 January 2024
Thanks to everyone who came along to the meeting about our proposals for Bellevue Mansions on 31 January. Download a summary of the key points discussed at the meeting.
Our priority is that our customers live in a high quality home that's safe, decent and energy efficient. Based on both residents’ and our maintenance team’s feedback, we don’t believe Bellevue Gardens provides this in its current condition. Unfortunately, residents are currently suffering with issues around damp, the condition of the communal areas, windows, the cost to heat their homes, security issues and the layouts of some of the homes.
What is Hyde proposing for Bellevue Mansions, 289-307 Clapham Road?
The first option we are looking at is to refurbish Bellevue Mansions. This means carrying out repairs to bring the homes up to current building standards, which would improve the issues currently faced by residents.
The second option we are considering is regeneration of Bellevue Mansions. This would mean the demolition of Bellevue Mansions and building new homes in its place.
Our preference at this stage is the regeneration of Bellevue Mansions. The main reasons for this are:
- Refurbishment would not ensure that the properties would meet the high standards expected for new homes. The cost of keeping the properties warm in the winter, designing out antisocial behaviour, and replacing gas boilers with more environmentally friendly sources of power would all be difficult to achieve.
- Refurbishment would be expensive, and leaseholders would have to contribute to the costs of this work.
- Lambeth is an area of significant housing need, and we believe that through regeneration we could increase the number of new homes on the site. This would provide new affordable homes that are desperately needed in the area.
What happens next?
Refurbishment or regeneration are not quick processes, and it will be a few years before any work would take place.
We are currently developing both options; this means understanding more about the work required to Bellevue Mansions if we were to refurbish it and looking at possible designs for new buildings if we were to regenerate it. Residents are part of this process, as part of a steering group and wider consultation activities.
Once we have worked up both options, we will ask residents to vote in a ballot. If residents vote in favour of regeneration, then it is at this stage that we would start to work through detailed design to submit a planning application. If residents vote against regeneration, then we would need to consider the alternative option of refurbishment.