Merton Regeneration Project moves to the next stage

14 October 2015

Circle Housing has given its approval for the submission of initial planning applications for the transformation of three neighbourhoods in Merton subject to reaching agreement with Merton Council.

The latest proposals were brought before Circle Housing’s Board following two years of extensive consultation with the local community. An independent survey carried out this summer gave residents the opportunity to have their say about the regeneration plans and the financial offer should the project go ahead.

Paul Quinn, Director of Merton Regeneration at Circle Housing, said: “Regeneration will provide new well-designed, energy-efficient homes for existing residents. This project also has the potential to deliver a further 1,000 new homes to help address Merton’s acute housing shortage.

“Master plans have been developed with input from local residents and we have produced a fair Residents Offer that will keep the existing communities together. The independent survey shows that residents see the advantages of regeneration and we’ll continue to involve them in the development of our proposals.”

The transfer of homes from Merton Council to Circle Housing Merton Priory in 2010 means that the charity needs to make sure they have the council’s agreement before going ahead with the next stage of the regeneration project. Circle Housing Merton Priory is committed to making sure that its investment in the borough matches Merton Council’s ambitions.

Residents will continue to be asked for their views in workshops, exhibitions and one-to-one meetings during the preparation of the planning applications in 2016. 

Ends

For more information please contact Judith Hewitt on 020 3441 8607 or Setura Mahdi on 020 3441 8634.

Notes to editors

Membership Engagement Services (MES) was commissioned by Circle Housing to undertake a survey of the three neighbourhoods being considered for regeneration. As a member of the Market Research Society, MES follows strict industry standards and the results of the survey are completely independent.  MES has published the results and the report can be downloaded here.

Providing, managing and maintaining great places for people to live are at the heart of what we do. To help us achieve this we are consulting residents about the regeneration of Eastfields, High Path and Ravensbury. Regeneration is an opportunity to deliver well-designed, energy-efficient homes and support wider ambitions for Merton. These include job creation, support for local businesses and the provision of new community facilities. Circle Housing Merton Priory has agreed 10 Commitments for the regeneration neighbourhoods with Merton Council.

We are working with the following architects on the Merton Regeneration Project:

  • Levitt Bernstein Associates – Eastfields
  • PRP Architects LLP High Path
  • HTA Design LLP – Ravensbury

Circle Housing is a not-for-profit housing association governed by charitable rules. Any money raised from the sale of private homes as part of the regeneration project will be reinvested back into making Circle Housing’s neighbourhoods better places to live.