Planning approval for first new homes at Ravensbury

Merton Council has given the green light for the delivery of new, spacious, energy-efficient homes on Ravensbury. This paves the way for Circle Housing Merton Priory to build 21 houses and flats on the disused garages site located at the end of Ravensbury Grove.

It is part of the charity’s plans to regenerate Ravensbury alongside the High Path and Eastfields neighbourhoods to provide replacement homes for existing residents and increase Merton’s supply of high-quality housing.

Paul Quinn, Director of Merton Regeneration at Circle Housing said “Securing planning permission for these first new homes at Ravensbury means we can rehouse existing residents on the neighbourhood who are in greatest need of new, well-designed affordable homes.

“Our proposals for Ravensbury aim to retain its distinct character and village trees with low-rise housing and tree-lined streets. These first new homes give everyone the chance to see what the new homes will look like if regeneration gets the go-ahead.”

In October 2015 the decision to prepare a planning application for the first homes was made after taking into account the standard of some existing homes, levels of overcrowding and the findings of the independent residents’ survey.

Construction on the new homes is due to begin early next year. Circle Housing is also working on a planning application for the Ravensbury master plan and aims to submit this by the end of the year.

Circle Housing is a charity and puts any money it makes back into communities. Regeneration would mean building new homes that meet residents’ needs now and in the future. A programme of community development will be delivered alongside the regeneration, including employment opportunities and training initiatives.