Pocklington Lodge expansion – Q&A Thomas Pocklington Trust has submitted a planning application to Hammersmith & Fulham Council for the extension of Pocklington Lodge. The planned proposal is to add one extra floor onto the existing building and create flats within the roof space above to provide 20 new flats - specifically for blind and partially sighted people. You can view the full planning application on the Hammersmith & Fulham website. We have drafted a few questions and answers regarding the proposal. If you have any other queries or concerns please do get in touch. Email: [email protected] Why are you doing this?Flats at Pocklington Lodge are always in demand, we have a waiting list but very few flats become available - only about one a year. We also have regular requests from existing tenants to switch to larger flats. We want as many blind and partially sighted people as possible to benefit from accommodation at Pocklington Lodge. When will the works start?It is likely to be several months before the planning application is determined. If we are successful we will then need to approach building contractors for quotes for the work and prepare a detailed programme to ensure this causes as little disturbance to tenants as possible. It is unlikely works will start until 2021. We will keep tenants informed throughout this whole process How long will the building works take?It is difficult to say at this stage but is likely to be between 12-18 months. We will know more after the detailed discussions with building contractors. Will I be forced to leave my home?We will aim to create as little disruption to existing tenants as possible. Some tenants (only those on the top floor) may need to leave their homes for a short while during the works. To create the 20 new flats, three existing flats will need to be repurposed. We will find suitable temporary accommodation for these tenants during the works after which they would then have the option of taking up one of the new flats at Pocklington Lodge. Will this increase my rent to pay for the works?No, the works will be funded from our existing resources. Will the facilities be open during the works – ie laundry, common room?We will aim to keep these open as much as possible but there may be temporary closures for limited periods. Again, we will keep tenants informed throughout this whole process and provide forewarning of any necessary closures. Will the existing facilities (ie laundry, common room) be able to accommodate more residents?We consider the existing lounge will be sufficient for the increased number of flats. The laundry provision will need to be increased and this will be done either by expanding the existing laundry or creating an additional facility on one of the new floors. We will know more after the detailed discussions with building contractors. For whom will the flats be available?The flats will only be available to people who are blind or partially sighted. These could be existing tenants at Lodge wanting to move to a larger flat or to people on the waiting list. We want as many blind and partially sighted people as possible to benefit from accommodation at Pocklington Lodge. How do people find out about getting one of the new flats?We will not start offering the flats until we are well underway in the construction and have a clear idea when the flats will be available. We will then provide details to existing tenants, those on the waiting list and through our website. May 2020 Banner Image shows the surveyor's drawing of the west elevation of Pocklington Lodge.