One of London’s biggest estate regeneration’s gets green light

Wandsworth Council’s plans to build up to 2,550 new homes on the Winstanley and York Road Estate in Battersea have been given planning permission ..

Built by Winstanley & York Road Regeneration Partnership, a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and Wandsworth Council, the development will provide 35 per cent of the homes for social rent, London affordable rent or shared ownership, while the rest are for private sale or rent.

The regeneration programme includes building a state-of-the-art leisure centre, a community centre, a library, a children’s centre and nursery, a new local office for Workmatch which helps people into jobs, a health centre and a new 2.49 hectare public park.

It is also expected to create 88 permanent jobs for local people, 3,360 temporary construction jobs and an overall boost to the local economy of £207.6m.

The plans for the estate were drawn up following a huge consultation with estate residents and neighbours over a six year period. Every secure council tenant will be offered a council home in the scheme to meet their individual housing needs, eliminating over-crowding. All resident council leaseholders will be offered an affordable opportunity to buy a home on the estate.

The council and its development partner Taylor Wimpey have already made significant progress on the site with the recent completion of the first blocks of new housing, Mitchell House and Duval House. A new Battersea Baptist Church, Thames College school are also well underway along with a new multi-use games area.

Leader of the Council Cllr Ravi Govindia said: “This means we can push on with our plans. We have made a commitment to every secure council tenant and resident leaseholder that they will have the right to a new, improved property and I am confident that having the opportunity to live in better, higher quality, sustainable homes will genuinely improve people’s lives.”

Peter Gore, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey London, added: “We are delighted to move forward with this significant regeneration, which will provide hundreds of quality affordable homes, including new homes for all Council tenants and resident leaseholders on the same site. Alongside this we will be providing major new community facilities and improved infrastructure, as well as the creation of the new public park.”

Cllr Tony Belton, ward councillor for Latchmere Ward which covers the estate, said: “I am delighted to hear the good news. It ensures we can get on with the job of providing new homes for those in need and welcome extra housing in Winstanley ending uncertainty for the residents.”

The new homes on the estate are energy efficient and will help to take many residents out of fuel poverty. The council is also planting more trees, creating new walkways and cycle lanes.

Simon Bayliss, managing partner at HTA Design, said: “The Winstanley & York Road Estate masterplan evolved through creative engagement with local residents and a design collaboration between HTA Design, Henley Halebrown, Figure/Ground, LA Architects and Farrer Huxley. It delivers better homes for existing residents in Battersea inspired mansion blocks, overlooking a beautiful new park. An urban edge of taller buildings make the most of views of the Thames alongside various commercial and community spaces including a new leisure centre, library and nursery for Wandsworth Council.”

For more information visit www.winstanleyyorkroad.co.uk

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