A six-storey block of flats is set to be built on the site of a former apartment building that was ravaged by fire six years ago.

Camden Council was the freehold owner of 31 Daleham Gardens in Hampstead, which was badly damaged in a blaze in 2017.

The fire led to the death of resident Magdalena Fink, with the council pleading guilty to health and safety breaches earlier this year.

Camden has since handed over ownership of the site to NW3 Community Land Trust (CLT), which has promised that more than half of the new flats will be affordable.

According to planning documents submitted to the council earlier this month, 14 flats would be housed in a new six-storey block on the site.

The fire-damaged block, demolished in 2021, was four floors high and contained 15 flats.

Ham & High: The site of 31 Daleham Gardens after demolition of the fire-damaged blockThe site of 31 Daleham Gardens after demolition of the fire-damaged block (Image: NW3 CLT)

Will Coles, a member of NW3 CLT, told Ham and High that two of the new flats would be for social rent, while the remaining six affordable homes would be for discount market sale.

The development is the first for NW3 CLT where affordable flats will be cross-subsidised by the six flats on open market sale.

Each new apartment will have a private balcony or roof terrace, and there will be a communal rear garden for all residents to share.

Plans suggest that the development would contain five one-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom flats and five three-bedroom flats.

Co-founder and director of NW3 CLT, Sanya Polescuk, said: “We are all thrilled to have reached this stage.

“It represents the hard work that our organisation, comprising of local people, has put in to deliver new affordable housing in the community we so cherish.”

Councillor Danny Beales, Camden Council Cabinet Member for New Homes, Jobs and Community Investment said: “This is a significant step forward towards new affordable homes at 31 Daleham Gardens and for NW3 CLT as they take stewardship of the site.

“As a council we are proud to be supporting new and innovative methods for delivering desperately needed affordable homes and what NW3 CLT’s proposals will do is empower local residents to step into the role of developer and to lead directly on the delivery of more affordable and sustainable homes for their local community.”

The scheme will be undertaken in partnership with Camden Council and is funded by the Greater London Authority's Community Housing Fund.