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£1 billion south London housing regeneration scheme gets the green light

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Plans by five big-name practices for more than 2,500 homes across three neighbourhoods in south London have been approved by councillors

Merton Council’s planning applications committee granted outline consent for Clarion Housing’s £1 billion regeneration scheme in the borough.

The initiative includes PRP’s 1,570-home proposals for the High Path estate in South Wimbledon.

HTA is behind plans for the Ravensbury neighbourhood in Mitcham, which would see up to 180 new homes built as well as a community centre.

And in Mitcham an 800-home scheme for the Eastfields estate has been designed jointly by Levitt Bernstein, Cullinan Studio and Proctor & Matthews Architects.

The practices worked to one design code for a single client but submitted separate planning applications, which were all approved at a meeting earlier this month.

All existing buildings within the application areas of the three estates will be demolished. As well as rehousing all existing tenants and resident home-owners who wish to remain, the project will create a further 1,800 properties for sale and rent.

Clarion director of regeneration Bob Beaumont said: ‘We put placemaking at the top of our agenda by creating safe, well-connected streets and attractive neighbourhoods.

‘We also recognise the need for good-quality engagement with existing residents and the local community.’

PRP associate director Spyridon Katsaros said: ‘Our vision for High Path is to create a sustainable and high-quality neighbourhood that is inclusive, diverse, fully integrated with its surroundings and designed to last for successive generations.’

Paul Maddock, senior associate at HTA Design, said the Ravensbury masterplan responded to residents’ objectives and the estate’s natural and heritage context.

Levitt Bernstein director Barry McCullough said: ‘Levitt Bernstein, together with our collaborators Cullinan Studio and Proctor and Matthews Architects, have worked hard to ensure that the new homes will be better connected to their surroundings and the central green enhanced to provide residents with space to play and relax on their doorstep.’

Project data

Scheme Merton Regeneration Project
Location South-west London
Sector Estate regeneration
Client Clarion Housing Group
Planning authority London Borough of Merton
High Path masterplanners PRP
Ravensbury masterplanners HTA
Eastfields masterplanners Levitt Bernstein, Cullinan Studio and Proctor & Matthews Architects
Project manager Mace
Planning consultant Savills 

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  • Isn't 'regeneration' a slightly misleading term? All existing buildings on the three estates are to be demolished, so it's 'clear fell' and replanting to create a brave new world.
    All existing residents who wish to remain will be able to do so - this should surely be a legal requirement of all such redevelopment of social housing - and there's clearly the intention that the new environment will be a substantial improvement on the old.
    But amongst all the buzz-words being fielded by the various participants it's unclear to what extent the existing human communities might survive the upheaval, and there are no images to give a flavour of what's being replaced. The masterplan for the Ravensbury neighbourhood will apparently 'respond to the estate's natural and heritage context' What exactly is this?
    Assuming that 'regeneration' is a more civilised concept than 'redevelopment', it's going to be interesting to see how successful these proposals are at heralding a step-change in the way that social housing is renewed.

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