Old Kent Road tower set to provide 170 homes

A decision on plans to build a 25-storey tower on London’s Old Kent Road has been deferred.

Designs by Stitch Architects were due to have been given the green light at a Southwark council planning meeting on Tuesday night after being recommended for approval by the borough’s planning officer.

But a decision on the 170-home scheme has been deferred and is now expected to be taken next month.

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The proposals consist of a 25-storey tower and a nine-storey shoulder block

The scheme would see the construction of a part 25, part 23-storey tower and a nine-storey shoulder block, with 40% of the homes being affordable.

A Jewsons timber yard on the site would be demolished and replaced with new premises including a double height covered yard beneath the scheme’s communal terrace.

It would be located on Ilderton road, an industrial area currently seeing significant residential development. The scheme would neighbour a 3,500-home masterplan by Studio Egret West consisting of 19 towers up to 32 storeys in height.

Others working on the project team include landscape architect Fabrik, daylight consultant Avison Young, structural engineer Walsh and planning consultant HGH Consulting.

The planning officer’s report said the scheme was “strongly supported” by officers because of its affordable housing, the quality of accommodation and the overall design standards.