Circle Housing Merton Priory has agreed to sign a pledge to residents living on three of their estates; Eastfields (Mitcham), Ravensbury (Morden) and High Path (Wimbledon), following encouragement from Merton Council.
The 10 Commitments were signed this week by Councillor Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council and Sir Robin Young, Chairman of Circle Housing. This follows a full council meeting in July at which councillors agreed that, exploring what regeneration could look like for the three neighbourhoods should continue.
Merton Council recognises the benefits that new housing would offer existing residents. The 10 Commitments is a clear demonstration, to residents of all tenures, of the partnership between the authority and Circle Housing Merton Priory. It also illustrates that residents’ interests remain central to the proposed regeneration and that they will be involved throughout the design and planning process.
The commitments cover a range of issues, including considering residents’ interests at all times, offering current homeowners at least the market value of their homes should they wish to sell their home to Circle Housing Merton Priory, keeping disruption to a minimum and continuing to maintain the residents’ homes, ensuring high quality, responsive repairs. Circle Housing Merton Priory has also committed to not profiting from any regeneration and to using any surplus to provide more housing or improve the neighbourhoods.
Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said:
“We want to emphasise to residents that they will be at the heart of any proposed development and that we will make sure Circle Housing Merton Priory’s plans represent the best possible deal for tenants, leaseholders and freeholders. If residents support them and the proposals go ahead, the benefits will be widespread and felt by both the residents on the estates themselves and the businesses and people living in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
“Circle Housing Merton Priory’s proposals are very exciting for many of our residents and also for the borough’s future. To see such a huge investment in Merton would greatly improve local people’s housing here and would also mean more high quality homes for people wanting a place to live in London. But we are determined to ensure that any proposals have the residents’ backing.”
Circle Housing Chairman, Sir Robin Young said:
“We are committed to working in partnership with Merton Council and the wider community, but especially local residents whose long-term needs are central to our proposals. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver much-needed, well-designed new homes, community facilities and job opportunities, all of which could bring increased prosperity to the borough. Our consultation with residents is ongoing and their input is instrumental in shaping the emerging plans. But there is still a long way to go and we are very mindful that regeneration will only be possible with the support of Merton Council and the residents.”
Regeneration would deliver a range of choices and benefits for residents of the three neighbourhoods, including energy efficient homes, business growth, job creation, better community facilities and improved access to outside spaces and links with other areas.
From October onwards residents will be invited to comment on the design options for their neighbourhood and provide feedback on what they like, what they want to see more of and what they want to see less of. By January 2015 final designs will be ready and the London Borough of Merton will have to grant planning approval before any regeneration can take place.
Notes to editors
- Circle Housing Merton Priory will consult with residents, consider their interests at all times, and address concerns fairly.
- Current homeowners will be entitled to at least the market value of their home should they wish to take the option to sell their home to Circle Housing Merton Priory.
- Current tenants will be entitled to be rehoused in a new home of appropriate size considering the number of people in the household.
- Existing Circle Housing Merton Priory tenants will keep all their rights and have the same tenancy agreement, including rent levels, in the new neighbourhood as they do now.
- All new properties will be more energy efficient and easier to heat than existing properties, helping to keep down residents’ fuel bills.
- Circle Housing Merton Priory will keep disruption to a minimum, and will do all it can to ensure residents only move once if it is necessary to house them temporarily while their new home is being built.
- Circle Housing Merton Priory will offer extra help and support for older people and/or disabled residents throughout the regeneration works.
- Circle Housing Merton Priory will continue to maintain the homes of residents across the three neighbourhoods throughout the planning process until regeneration starts, including ensuring a high quality responsive repairs service.
- Any growth in the number of homes will be in accordance with the Council’s Development Plan so that it is considered, responsible and suitable for the area.
- As a not for profit organisation, Circle Housing Merton Priory will not profit from any regeneration and will use any surplus to provide more housing or improve existing neighbourhoods.
About Circle Housing Merton Priory
- Circle Housing Merton Priory is a not-for-profit organisation with a charitable purpose. We are committed to investing in homes and neighbourhoods.
- Images of the neighbourhoods are available on request
- For information about the consultation and regeneration proposals click here
- Circle Housing Merton Priory was formed in 2010 following the transfer of stock from Merton Council. Merton Priory owns and manages around 9,500 homes across Wimbledon, Morden and Mitcham in South West London. We are one of 12 partners within Circle, one of the UK’s largest providers of affordable housing. With a dedicated team of more than 2,200 staff, we provide homes and services to around 300,000 people across the UK.