Pollards Hill set to be transformed after council approved estates plans

Pollards Hill is set to be transformed after Merton Council granted planning permission for a multi-million pound estate regeneration programme yesterday.

The £35m regeneration and development scheme represents a significant investment in Merton and the Pollards Hill community by housing association Moat through the creation of new homes and the rejuvenation of existing homes.

A total of 90 residential units will be built, with the construction of a new estate access road, alteration to more than 400 existing properties and car parking for 499 cars, up from the 310 currently available. There will be new landscaping and the provision of waste storage for the new homes.

Refurbishment will include improved roof insulation, external wall insulation, replacement windows and doors as well as about 200 new kitchens, bathrooms, heating and electrical improvements. This will make the homes energy efficient.

The project, which will see people stay in their homes while phased work is carried out, will also create improved recreational and community space to enhance the local environment.

Pollards Hill consists of more than 1,500 homes, 848 of which are part of the current application by Moat, which was approved by the council’s planning committee on Thursday 15 September.

All will be homes for social rent or shared ownership, exceeding Merton’s target of 40% affordable housing on each new development.

Councillor Martin Whelton, cabinet member for regeneration, environment and housing, said: “It is fantastic to see this scheme progressing in Pollards Hill, with planning permission ensuring the great project can move forward to the next phase.

“The much-needed 90 housing units, with 24 of them being replacement for existing flats, will be a great addition to the area and provide much needed affordable housing.

“It will enhance the area for future generations to come.”

Steve Nunn, Moat’s Executive Director of Development and New Business, said: “We are looking forward to delivering this significant regeneration project in Pollards Hill. We will be working closely with our contractor, United Living, Merton Council and residents with a focus on the social elements of regeneration as much as the physical, helping to deliver a more cohesive community and greater opportunities for local people.”