Latest updates on Bacton Low Rise
We will be hosting pop up sessions at the at Gospel Oak Hub, located in the blue Portakabins, opposite St Martin’s Church, Wellesley Road NW5 4PA. They will run on the following dates;
- Friday 26th May 2023 (3:00pm-7:00pm)
- Thursday 1st June 2023 (3:00pm-5.30pm)
Newsletters and cabinet reports
Bacton Low Rise update May 2023
Bacton Low Rise Estate Phase 2- Cabinet Report
The first phase of Bacton, named Cherry Court, was completed in 2017 with residents moving into 46 new council homes in time for Christmas.
In 2016, the regeneration of Bacton Low Rise won the Building Award’s Housing Project of the Year.
Judges at the Building Awards described the Bacton project as ‘a great scheme' and 'a thoughtful transformation' for ‘modern day family living'.
The project, designed by Karakusevic Carson Architects, is notable for the close involvement the Tenants' and Residents' Association, the District Management Committee Chair and local residents have had in developing the scheme.
Internal layouts are spacious and adaptable for modern living and all dwellings are designed to meet Lifetime Homes standards, Building for Life, and the London Housing Design Guide criteria. Cherry Court and the wider masterplan for the Bacton Estate is a flagship project for Camden Council and one that has set a model for sustainable, community-led housing renewal in London.
The site is the second phase of the Bacton Low Rise Estate regeneration project. The first phase of the project was completed in 2017 and delivered 46 social rent dwellings, 20 private dwellings, and 1 intermediate dwelling.
The Bacton Estate is located in an area identified for significant estate renewal in local planning policy. It is adjacent to the Wendling and St Stephens Close Estate and situated to the north of the West Kentish Town Estate, both of which are subject to regeneration proposals that have received positive endorsement through recent resident ballots.
The site extends to circa 0.9ha in size and benefits from two principal points of access. Haverstock Road to the west connects Malden Road which runs towards Chalk Farm to the south. Wellesley Road to the east connects to Vicar’s Road which leads towards Gospel Oak Overground station to the north east. The site is predominantly bordered by mid-density residential development on all sides, as well as Grade I listed St Martin’s Church to the north east and LB Camden-owned Bacton Tower to the north. Full vacant possession of the site is available and demolition of the former estate buildings was completed by the Council between 2018 and 2019.
The original planning permission for the regeneration of the Bacton Estate was obtained in 2013 (ref 2012/6338/P). The permission was most recently amended via a Section 73 minor material amendment application in 2018. The current permission includes 176 private, 61 social rent and 10 intermediate homes, as well as circa 260 square meters of commercial floor space (ref 2016/5358/P).
More recently the Council has undertaken a design review of Phase 2 designs to address elements that require improvement in line with legislative changes, and to explore opportunities to optimise the scheme.
We have added local primary schools pupils drawings on the hoardings which have been placed on Bacton Low Rise development. Read the article The future of housing in Camden: Drawings by Gospel Oak primary school pupils go on display.