Alton Estate in Wandsworth regeneration update

Published: Friday, September 18, 2020

In the wake of Redrow Homes recent departure as its development partner, Wandsworth Council has officially confirmed its ongoing commitment to ensuring the delivery of the regeneration of the Alton Estate.

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At the council’s Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on Thursday evening (Sep 17) it was agreed that the council would take over responsibility for the planning application and would look for a new partner to take the work forward.

Following consultation with a number of local stakeholders and residents, the council also agreed a new approach to resident engagement and that a full Engagement Strategy should be prepared by November this year.

The Planning Applications Committee this week also approved proposals to build 14 council homes on the estate at Fontley Way which will be offered to existing council tenants and leaseholders as early moves as part of the wider regeneration.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council said: “I want to reassure residents that we are doing everything in our power to keep the estate regeneration on track and I hope that this week they can see continued progress with the application granted at Fontley Way.

At the Overview and Scrutiny meeting, the Labour Group voted against the proposal to confirm the council’s commitment to deliver the current masterplan proposals for the regeneration of the estate.

Cllr Govindia said:” "It is disappointing that the hoped for consensus to deliver the proposed masterplan wasn’t achieved at last night’s Housing Committee. I remain committed to try and rebuild consensus. For the sake of the scheme and our commitment to the people of Alton my door remains open”.

The planning application for the Alton Estate masterplan is expected to go to planning committee in October.