Clarion gets work underway to deliver new affordable homes in Merton

Merton DevelopmentWork has started to transform a former water depot in Merton into much-needed new homes.

Clarion Housing Group is turning the disused Thames Water depot at Fortescue Road in Colliers Wood into 74 new homes, which include 58 for Shared Ownership, 11 for affordable rent and five starter homes. In June, the leading housing provider bought the 0.66 hectare site from Goldcrest and has appointed contractors Skillcrown to help to deliver the scheme. The contractor has now started the initial preparatory work on the site.

The development is located close to Colliers Wood station - providing a direct link into London on the Northern line - and a large retail park, which has a Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s superstore. The site was granted planning permission for residential housing in February this year and the new development is expected to be completed by late summer 2019.

Philip Browne, New Business and Partnerships Director at Clarion said: "This scheme further underlines Clarion’s significant and ongoing commitment to the borough of Merton."

 "We are particularly pleased to be bringing brownfield land back into use and delivering high quality affordable homes to those who are struggling to buy through the private market."

Clarion submitted proposals in April to transform three existing estates in Merton. The ambitious proposals will see the housing provider invest £1billion in the borough, deliver 2,800 new homes there and rehouse all existing residents who wish to remain.

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.

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