Southwark Council’s Planning Committee will next week likely approve plans to build 50 new flats in Peckham. Not so strange you may think, but these new builds will replace new flats built as recently as 2011 and riddled with faults.
The flats are located at 40-46 Solomons Passage, opposite Peckham Rye Park.
Two blocks will be refurbished whilst two will be rebuilt. Wandle Housing Association purchased the site in 2012 after the original developer Greenacre Homes entered administration in August 2011 with blocks A, B and C completed. Block D was completed in May 2012.
The council’s report lists these flaws:
- Water ingress to flats and resulting problems with damp
- Water damage to timber frame
- Inadequate fire protection
- Poor insulation
- Defects to roof
- Detailing of external cladding and frame shrinkage
- Defective balconies
- Poor drainage
- Basement car park flooding
- Ineffective ventilation
- Poor condition of gas and plumbing services.
Not only are the buildings a mess inside but outside too. Cladding was added which barely lasted a couple of years before aging badly. Timber and render stained heavily.
The developer may now be defunct but will anyone pay the price for this?
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