Draft master plans for regeneration to be unveiled

16 October 2014

Circle Housing Merton Priory will be unveiling its draft master plans for the regeneration of three of its neighbourhoods at a series of resident-focused consultation events over the coming weeks. This is the first time residents will be able to see how the new neighbourhoods could look if regeneration goes ahead.

The events will give local residents of Eastfields, High Path and Ravensbury the opportunity to see how ideas they have shared with the design team over the last four months have been turned into a plan for their neighbourhoods.




The draft master plans will be launched on:

  • Saturday 18 October from 11.30am – 3.30pm for Eastfields: at St Mark’s Academy, Acacia Road, CR4 1SF
  • Saturday 25 October from 11am – 3pm for High Path: at St John the Devine church hall, High Path, SW19 2JYSaturday 1 November from 11am – 3pm for Ravensbury: at Surrey Arms function room, Morden Road, CR4 4DD

Paul Quinn, Director of Regeneration at Circle Housing Merton Priory said: “The next stage in our comprehensive consultation programme is to show how residents’ feedback so far has helped us create draft designs for their neighbourhoods. We still have some way to go before any decision to regenerate the three neighbourhoods is taken.  The upcoming events will show residents a lot more detail on home types and layouts than they have seen before.  Work on the draft master plans will continue through to the end of the year so there will be plenty of time for residents to suggest changes and make comments before we present the final master plans in January 2015.”

The draft master plans will include information on:

  • The number of homes and overall layout of the neighbourhoods
  • The type of homes, their layout and how many rooms they will have
  • Phasing – the order in which the new homes could be built to minimise disruption to existing residents
  • Green spaces and local facilities such as a community centre, shops and play areas
  • Car parking and transport links to the local area

Paul Quinn added: “Our priority is to keep the existing communities on the three neighbourhoods together.  We have also pledged that there will be no rent rises as a result of the regeneration.  Most new homes will be much larger than current properties and all would have private outdoor space.  When we present our final master plans in January 2015 we will be in a position to present what we are calling the Residents Offer – the financial compensation package and options.  This can only be calculated once we are clear on the detail of the master plans.”

The decision on whether to progress with regeneration will not be taken before the end of March 2015.

The London Borough of Merton is currently running a separate consultation on its future planning policy for Eastfields, High Path and Ravensbury.  Feedback received by the council will help inform the future policy context should Circle Housing Merton Priory progress its regeneration vision.

Councillor Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council, said:

“It is essential residents are at the heart of any proposed development, so their participation in this important phase of Circle’s consultation is vital. Separately we are also capturing the views of our residents in our own statutory consultation, and will ensure these are fed into Circle’s proposals.

“If residents welcome the plans, the benefits will be widespread across the whole community, greatly improving local people’s housing and the surrounding neighbourhood.

“So I would urge anyone who lives or works in any of the three proposed neighbourhoods: make your views known and be part of shaping your community for future generations to come.”

ENDS


For more information, please contact:

Judith Hewitt, Circle Housing judith.hewitt@circle.org.uk