7 April 2017: 5:47 pm
Green light for estate renewal
Merton Council has approved the first stage of the High Path estate regeneration project in south Wimbledon.
This will begin with the demolition of a children’s play area, the Old Lamp Works building and 74 garages, making way for seven residential blocks, which are still subject to the approval of mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
The project will deliver 134 energy-efficient homes, consisting of 117 flats and 17 houses. Also proposed are 31 car parking spaces including five disabled and 249 bike spaces.
Developer Clarion Housing Group suggests around 60% of the homes in the first stage will be classed as affordable and meet the minimum space standards.
The regeneration is part of a wider scheme across Eastfield, Ravensbury and High Path estate, with the aim to build 1,200 homes.
Paul Quinn, director of Merton regeneration at Clarion Housing Group, said: “We’re building these high-quality new homes for existing residents and at the same time providing additional homes in Merton at a time of unprecedented need.
“We’ve been undertaking a wide-reaching consultation programme to make sure that everyone who lives or owns a property on High Path is able to view and comment on our proposals. We’ll continue with this process during construction of the new homes.”
The project is also expected to create employment opportunities and training initiatives for locals.
Work is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.