Major cash boost to estate regeneration plans
Published: Thursday 8th December 16
Ambitious plans to revitalise three housing estates in the borough have received a welcome boost with a Government announcement of extra funding for large scale housing regeneration schemes.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has today (Thursday) announced an additional £32m is available to fund estate improvement projects. This additional money is being added to an existing £140m pot of cash announced earlier this year.
This money could be used to help fund ambitious proposals to regenerate the Winstanley and York Road estates in Battersea and the Alton estate in Roehampton.
In the Battersea scheme, more than 2,000 modern new homes are planned, including around 700 low-cost social rent, 100 shared ownership properties and approximately 100 for existing owner-occupiers.
Around 1,400 other homes will be built including affordable properties, plus a mix of those for private rental and purchase. The plans also include space for shops and employment use along with a new leisure centre, a one o‘clock club, an improved local library plus expanded health, community and education facilities.
On the 17 acre Alton estate, more than 800 new homes are planned, along with a range of new high quality shops and community facilities, including a leisure centre, community centre, park and library.
In all three regeneration schemes every council tenant and owner-occupier is guaranteed a newly-built home on their estate.
Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, who sits on the Government’s housing and regeneration advisory panel, chaired by Lord Heseltine said; “This is good news for council tenants up and down the country. Now many of the regeneration projects being drawn up by councils of all persuasions will be able to apply for extra funding
“Here in Wandsworth we are well placed to benefit from this cash injection. Our plans to revitalise our three local estates are well advanced and have been drawn up in very close consultation with residents to ensure they satisfy their wishes and aspirations.
“Our ambitions are to build thousands of high quality new homes in the heart of Battersea and Roehampton and to completely upgrade local community facilities.
“We want our estates to thrive. Our proposals are designed to dramatically improve the quality of life across these neighbourhoods and give the people living there new hopes, new aspirations and new opportunities.”
For more information on the proposals for the Winstanley and York Road estates, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/winstanleyyorkroad. To find out more about the plans for the Alton go to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/roehampton.