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.

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Recent comments

The forgotten community - Patmore Estate. We are not averse to progress or improvement, but we seem to be left out of the equation. All around us we see major improvement, new builds and improved homes, but we have been overlooked and left behind. Are we to stand out as an eyesore amongst all the new buildings around us?
V F

9 December 2016

Lovely opportunity to carry out estate improvements and provide more homes. The Battersea development is around York Gardens green area. How much of this money will be allocated to improvements in the park to complement the residential areas?
Geraldine Kelly

9 December 2016

Although any investment is welcome in social housing (real social housing, not shared ownership or impossibly expensive flats), this is most dissapointing for the many people on other estates in need of regeneration. Alton and Winstanley / York get millions: places like Patmore Estate in the heart of Nine Elms Regeneration get...ZERO...time and again Patmore is ignored...allowed to run down by WBC even though in the Council's own published survey about 80% of replying residents said how much they love where they live.Why doesn't the Leader of the Council hop on an 87 from outside the Town Hall and come visit us for a change? He might be suprised at the vibrant close community.
John O

9 December 2016

Although any investment is welcome in social housing (real social housing, not shared ownership or impossibly expensive flats), this is most dissapointing for the many people on other estates in need of regeneration. Alton and Winstanley / York get millions: places like Patmore Estate in the heart of Nine Elms Regeneration get...ZERO...time and again Patmore is ignored...allowed to run down by WBC even though in the Council's own published survey about 80% of replying residents said how much they love where they live.Why doesn't the Leader of the Council hop on an 87 from outside the Town Hall and come visit us for a change? He might be suprised at the vibrant close community.
John O

9 December 2016

Patmore has required regeneration for nearly a decade. Why is nothing being done for us yet millions are being spent everywhere else?? We are trying to keep our homes and estate together without Wandsworth's support!!!! Everything around us is moving forward and being developed but we're forgotten and left behind!!!
Jenni H

9 December 2016

It would help if WBC's estates' roads were swept etc. Places that are clean and tidy look better. My local estate (Brocklebank)'s street sweeping has been neglected recently. Is that because they can't afford the services?
Celia Blair

8 December 2016