Last chance to view first new homes at Ravensbury

18 April 2016

Residents are invited to view proposals for the first new homes on Ravensbury before a planning application is submitted to Merton Council in May.

Circle Housing Merton Priory intends to build on the disused garages site located at the end of Ravensbury Grove. This is part of the charity’s plans to regenerate Ravensbury alongside the High Path and Eastfields neighbourhoods to provide new, high-quality replacement homes for existing residents.

Two consultation events are being held in the Ravensbury residents’ room:

  • Saturday 23 April 11am – 3pm 
  • Tuesday 26 April 5pm – 7.30pm

If Circle Housing Merton Priory gets planning permission and goes ahead with regeneration it will use the 21 new homes to rehouse residents affected by the early stages of redevelopment who are in greatest need.

Paul Quinn, Director of Merton Regeneration at Circle Housing said “Building these new homes on disused land gives us a head-start on our plans for Ravensbury. We’ve listened to what residents told us at the last consultation events in January and made sure that our designs are in keeping with the neighbourhood’s distinct character.

“Our regeneration project will provide existing tenants and resident homeowners with well-designed, durable homes at no cost. It will also address overcrowding and help meet demand by increasing the supply of housing in the borough. Here in Merton we’re leading the way in making sure that residents have the homes they want and need in the future.”

Staff from Circle Housing Merton Priory and architects, HTA Design, will be on-hand to discuss the designs for the new homes and temporary parking arrangements. None of the buildings will be taller than existing ones and the plans for Ravensbury focus on retaining its village feel with low-rise housing and tree-lined streets.

In October 2015 the decision to prepare a planning application for the first homes was made after taking into account the standard of some existing homes, levels of overcrowding and the findings of the independent residents’ survey.

If planning permission is granted by Merton Council building work would start in late 2016. All of the 21 homes will be bigger than their current equivalent. A planning application for the whole of Ravensbury will be submitted later this year.

Circle Housing is a charity and puts any money it makes back into communities. Regeneration would mean building new homes that meet residents’ needs now and in the future. A programme of community development will be delivered alongside the regeneration, including employment opportunities and training initiatives.

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For more information please contact Judith Hewitt or Setura Mahdi on 020 3784 5951.

Notes to editors

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.

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 of the three neighbourhoods jointly with Merton Council.

For more information visit www.mertonregen.org.uk