Clarion Housing Group has submitted ambitious proposals to transform three existing estates in the London Borough of Merton. These proposals will see Clarion invest £1 billion in the borough, deliver 2,800 new homes there and rehouse all existing tenants and resident homeowners who wish to remain.
The outline planning application follows extensive consultation with residents and will breathe new life into the communities at Eastfields, High Path and Ravensbury. In addition to the 1,000 new homes to rehouse existing residents, an extra 1,800 homes to rent and buy will be built, contributing to Clarion’s target of building 50,000 homes over the next ten years.
Director of Regeneration, Bob Beaumont commented; “As the country’s largest housing association, Clarion possesses the capacity and expertise to deliver large scale estate regeneration projects such as this. As well as providing good quality new homes our plans will provide extensive opportunities for training and employment and a range of initiatives to improve the life chances of young people in Merton.”
The decision to pursue regeneration of the three neighbourhoods was made after taking into account the standard of existing homes, levels of overcrowding and the findings of an independent residents’ survey.
Permission has already been granted for 21 homes on the garages site at Ravensbury and for 134 on land not currently used for housing at High Path. Construction of the first new homes on the disused site at Ravensbury is due to begin early next year. Subject to planning approval for each of the neighbourhoods in their entirety, the demolition of existing homes in the initial phases is scheduled to start in late 2017.
Clarion is a major housing provider in Merton and expects to extend its new building activities in the borough in partnership with the Council.
Notes to editors
Clarion Housing Group owns and manages 125,000 homes across 176 local authorities. It is the largest housing association in the UK and one of the country’s leading housebuilders. It has a combined turnover of £827 million, a surplus before tax of £233 million and existing assets worth £20 billion.
The result of a merger between Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Group in 2016, Clarion comprises a group of housing associations and a charitable foundation.
The Merton Regeneration Project is an opportunity to deliver new, well-designed, energy-efficient homes and support wider ambitions for the borough. We have agreed 10 Commitments for the regeneration of the three neighbourhoods jointly with Merton Council.
The three estates to benefit are Eastfields and Ravensbury which are located in Mitcham and High Path in Wimbledon.
The architects are:
High Path – PRP
Eastfields – Levitt Bernstein in collaboration with Proctor and Matthews and Cullinan Studio
Ravensbury – HTA
For more information visit www.mertonregen.org.uk