Pushing ahead with the company’s commitment to build and operate rental homes, John Lewis Partnership has submitted its first planning applications for its Build to Rent sites at West Ealing and Bromley.
The proposals would see the West Ealing scheme deliver 428 new homes and Bromley deliver 353 new homes furnished by John Lewis. The company’s ambition is that 35% of the properties are affordable housing, targeted at key public sector workers such as nurses or teachers. Homes would be built for different sized households, designed to the company’s high standards. Residents would have the option for short and long-term tenures.
Amenities at the two John Lewis Partnership’s schemes would include roof gardens, flexible workspaces, gym, and a resident lounge and dining areas with a fully equipped kitchen. At the heart of the schemes will be a public piazza, with the surrounding high-quality homes and public spaces attractively landscaped. A new flagship Waitrose shop and cafe are also proposed at each scheme along with improved access for pedestrians and cyclists.
Through the company’s public consultations, John Lewis Partnership worked with local communities, councillors and other groups to understand what they need from housing in their areas.
This planning submission follows the company’s announcement of its £500m joint venture with abrdn in December 2022, to deliver around 1,000 new Build to Rent homes across its first three Build to Rent locations. Following this planning submission for West Ealing and Bromley, initial plans for the vacant warehouse site in Reading will be brought forward later in the year.
“We’ve worked closely with local communities to understand their needs and we’re now ready to submit planning applications. Working with our partner abrdn, we want to bring much needed new homes with a community feel to Bromley and West Ealing, which will include the full commitments to affordable housing.”Nina Bhatia, Executive Director for Strategy and Commercial Development, John Lewis Partnership
Later this year, John Lewis Partnership’s will also manage three existing Build to Rent sites, not owned by the company. This will help them understand resident’s needs, to help inform the company’s own schemes.