High Path is being considered for regeneration alongside Ravensbury and Eastfields as part of Circle Housing’s drive to improve the quality, durability and supply of homes in the borough.
Public exhibitions are taking place at the Elim Pentecostal Church, 59 High Path on the following dates:
- Monday 19 September 5pm – 8pm
- Wednesday 21 September 5pm – 8pm
Land currently being used for garages and the ‘Old Lamp Works’ site towards the back of High Path have been identified as suitable for redevelopment. Subject to gaining planning permission from Merton Council, the not-for-profit housing association aims to build 134 homes in this phase. Building on the two sites means that existing residents* could move straight into their new homes should the full regeneration of High Path go ahead.
Paul Quinn, Director of Merton Regeneration at Circle Housing said: “There is no doubt that Merton needs more high-quality, well-designed homes. We believe that regenerating High Path is the best way of improving residents’ homes and building additional homes for Merton at a time of unprecedented housing need."
A planning application for the new homes will be submitted to Merton Council in the coming weeks. If planning permission is granted then Circle Housing aims to start building new homes on High Path in the first half of next year.
The next stage in the regeneration process will be the submission of outline planning applications for all three neighbourhoods towards the end 2016.
A programme of community development will be delivered alongside the regeneration, including employment opportunities, apprenticeships and training initiatives.
Circle Housing’s innovative Residents Offer guarantees that all of our existing tenants and resident homeowners will have the right to remain living in their neighbourhood in a new, high-quality home.
For more information please contact Judith Hewitt on 020 3441 8607 or Setura Mahdi on 020 3441 8634.
Notes to editors
*Residents of Marsh Court, Pincott Road and Lovell House would move straight into new homes.
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 neighbourhoods with Merton Council.
For more information visit www.mertonregen.org.uk