Government gives Estates Regen a boost

Wandsworth Council’s plans to revitalise three housing estates have received a welcome boost, say the council, with a Government announcement of extra funding for large scale housing regeneration schemes.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced an additional £32m to fund estate improvement  projects. This additional money is being added to an existing £140m pot of cash announced earlier this year.

Wandsworth Council hope this money could be used to help fund their proposals to regenerate the Winstanley and York Road estates in Battersea and the Alton estate in Roehampton.

In the Battersea scheme, more than 2,000 new homes are planned, including around 700 low-cost social rent, 100 shared ownership properties and approximately 100 for existing owner-occupiers.

Around 1,400 other homes would be built including affordable properties, plus a mix of those for private rental and purchase. The plans also include space for shops and employment use along with a new leisure centre, a one o‘clock club, an improved local library and expanded health, community and education facilities.

On the 17 acre Alton estate, more than 1,100 new homes are planned, along with new shops and community facilities, including a leisure centre, community centre, park and library.

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia, who sits on the Government’s housing and regeneration advisory panel, chaired by Lord Heseltine, said: “Here in Wandsworth we are well placed to benefit from this cash injection. Our plans to revitalise our three local estates are well advanced and have been drawn up in very close consultation with residents to ensure they satisfy their wishes and aspirations.”

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