Following extensive consultation with residents and local stakeholders, Clarion Housing Group has today submitted a planning application to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to improve homes and public spaces on the Sutton Estate.
If planning permission is granted, the multi million pound investment programme will see four empty blocks refurbished and brought back into use, with a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom flats designed to match the needs of local residents. This work will deliver 81 new social rented homes.
Residents in the remaining 303 flats on the estate will benefit from new kitchens and bathrooms, and improvements will be made to communal areas and services including door entry systems and lifts.
Green spaces, play facilities and external community facilities will also be upgraded, providing places for residents to socialise and relax. The plans developed by HTA Design include a new wildlife-friendly space at the heart of the estate with seating alongside places for residents to grow flowers and fruit.
A play trail will weave through the estate, and areas between building entrances will become people-friendly shared spaces with new trees and attractive planting, as well as improved bin and bike storage.
All of the new homes will be for social rent and priority will be given to residents currently living on the estate. If planning permission is granted, work on site is expected to start in late spring 2021 once a contractor has been appointed.
Rob Lane, Group Commercial Director at Clarion Housing Group, said: “The Sutton Estate bears the name of our founder, William Sutton who bequeathed his fortune to improve the quality of social housing and that social purpose lives on. Working with residents and local stakeholders, we’ve come up with some exciting plans that will restore and re-energise the estate, whilst providing 81 much-needed new homes for social rent. We want to make sure that the Sutton Estate is at the heart of the local community for years to come and look forward to working with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to bring our designs to life.”