27 April 2017: 11:53 am
£1 billion for Merton estates
Clarion Housing Group is planning a £1 billion investment to build 2,800 homes on estates across the London Borough of Merton.
The largest housing association in the UK has submitted planning applications for homes in Eastfields and Ravensbury in Mitcham and High Path in South Wimbledon.
Details of the proposals include building 1,800 new homes to rent and buy and replacing 1,000 homes, with all existing tenants and resident homeowners wishing to remain in the neighbourhood to be rehoused.
Residents have been consulted on the plans and feedback has been incorporated into the outline planning applications, which set out how the streets, buildings and outside spaces could look. The emphasis is on creating “energy-efficient, durable homes, green spaces and community facilities”.
Paul Quinn, director of Merton regeneration at Clarion, said: “Our primary responsibility is to residents of the three neighbourhoods so we’ve been discussing regeneration with them every step of the way. We’ve pledged to keep these communities together by guaranteeing that every existing tenant of ours and resident homeowner has the option to remain in their neighbourhood at no additional cost.
“Our regeneration proposals will contribute to prosperity, health and wellbeing through job creation, opportunities for local businesses, better community and green spaces and links to local areas. We will also provide extensive opportunities for training and employment and a range of initiatives to improve the life chances of young people in Merton. This is an exciting time for Merton and we’re proud to be involved in its transformation through our £1 billion investment.”
With planning permission secured for 21 homes on the disused garages site at Ravensbury and for 134 homes on land not currently used for housing at High Path, new properties will be occupied by existing residents who will move straight into their new homes. Subject to planning approval for each of the neighbourhoods, the demolition of existing homes in the initial phases is scheduled to start in late 2017.
Clarion Housing Group was formed last year following a merger between Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing.