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Pocket Living Approves Two Old Kent Road Programs | News

Affordable housing developer Pocket Living has been given the green light for a pair of residential projects off Old Kent Road in Southwark.

The largest scheme, designed by Hawkins Brown, will see an industrial building on Ossory Road demolished and replaced with an 11-storey building offering up to 117 homes.

Near Burgess Park, the scheme has been designed for single residents and will contain apartments as small as 38m². It will also house 421 m² of industrial space.

This is Pocket Living’s second round of proposals for the site after its first attempt was rejected due to a lack of affordable housing.

The second project, located near Verney Road, will see the demolition of a three-storey office to make way for a nine-storey block providing up to 22 social housing units.

The project team for the second block includes architect Gort Scott, structural engineer Whitby Wood, QS Rund Partnership and planning consultant Rolfe Judd Planning.

The programs are typical developments for Pocket Living, which specializes in tiny homes in the capital for first-time buyers.

But the company is diversifying, having filed plans last December for its first major build-to-let scheme.

The 436-home development, designed by Grid Architects, would see three blocks built on a site in northwest London next to the Grand Union Canal.

In September, the £56million-turnover developer announced plans to expand outside of London for the first time.