Better Homes and Places for Sutton’s Growing Communities
The Housing Regeneration Team is responsible for delivering the Council’s estate regeneration programme in consultation with our residents and other key stakeholders.
To tackle the acute shortage of housing in London, Sutton is planning to deliver a programme of estate regeneration to build around 3000 new homes for existing residents and our growing communities.
The Council is committed to both creating better homes and places in which to live, and increasing the number of homes for local people.
London’s population is increasing at twice the rate of the rest of the UK, placing more pressure on housing in the capital. The Mayor of London requires Outer London Boroughs to play a greater role in the delivery of new housing.
The housing crisis is worsening and the long term effects will continue to affect the next generation. In the lifetime of the Sutton Local Plan 2016-31, according to the Mayor of London’s projections, the borough population is projected to increase by 10%, or just over 20,000 people. This equates to a need for just under 13,000 additional homes. There are approximately 2,000 households in need of decent, affordable accommodation on the Council’s housing register.
In our Local Plan, two housing estates are allocated for regeneration: Elm Grove and Beech Tree Place. We also state that the council will also investigate the feasibility of the redevelopment of the following estates: Chaucer Estate, Benhill Estate, Rosebery Gardens, Collingwood Estate, and Sutton Court. These appear on the Policies Map as ‘Potential Renewal Areas’, and, subject to feasibility and viability studies, the council may
bring these estates forward through an Area Action Plan which will ensure full resident consultation.
Opportunities for Growth
Regeneration is more than just housing and we aim to support growth by creating opportunities for new business, and greater access for local people to training and jobs.
The Council is committed to building stronger communities. We aim to deliver more ‘social value’ by developing community infrastructure, not just housing.
We will work collaboratively with residents to establish local priorities, ensuring the community is at the heart of future decisions. The Council is determined that housing regeneration in Sutton is resident-driven.
Estate Regeneration track record - The Lavenders, Carshalton
The Lavenders is the Council’s most recent estate regeneration programme, comprising 14 estates and smaller sites, where the housing had failed the government's Decent Homes standard and was not economical to refurbish. A major element of the programme is the former Durand Close estate, built in the 1970s, which had been hard to let due to its poor design and anti-social problems. The estate now boasts an increased number of homes, a new community centre, pre- school nursery, mini market and green spaces along the River Wandle.
Working with Clarion and Real Ltd we are on course to deliver 675 homes. The programme commenced on site in 2008 and the final phase is due to complete in 2019/20. Across the whole programme 72% of the homes will be affordable. The number of homes delivered will total 675, compared to 483 properties initially.
Links to Housing Regeneration committee reports:
The Lavenders - Before and After