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Kensington regeneration wins planning approval

Planning permission has been granted for phase two of the regeneration of the Wornington Green estate in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.Catalyst Housing will begin work on the £66 million project in autumn 2015, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2019.Over 300 private and affordable apartments are to be built, along with new shops on Portobello Road, while an energy centre will be included to provide the development with heating and hot water.Extensive consultations with residents took place prior to the submission of plans for the second phase, leading to a number of design improvements, including changes to the layout of apartments and a range of balconies to suit families of various sizes.Wornington Green estate was built between 1964 and 1985, consisting of 538 homes made up mainly of flats in six-storey connected blocks.Regeneration was found to be the best means of tackling the problems faced by the estate, which included high levels of both overcrowding and under-occupancy, following an options appraisal carried out between 2001 and 2005.Regeneration plans involve the construction of 538 quality affordable homes of mixed sizes and 20 new retail units for Portobello Road, while a connecting road is to be constructed to facilitate greater integration with the surrounding community. Some 200 jobs are expected to created by the development work.When work is finished, residents will benefit from a park that is the same size as the existing Athlone gardens. Commenting on the approval of phase two, catalyst chief executive Rod Cahill said: "We are thrilled that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have approved our plans for the second phase of the Wornington Green regeneration."I'd like to thank all those that have taken part in the consultation process and given us feedback on the first phase. I'd also like to thank residents of Wornington Green and surrounding area for their patience as the building work continues."Mr Cahill added that the reactions of residents who have already moved into phase one homes have been positive and Catalyst hopes to build on the momentum already established. 

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