Clarion Housing Group statement on the Sutton Estate, Chelsea

On the 18th December, the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government published his decision on our planning application to regenerate the Sutton Estate in Chelsea.

In response, please see a statement from a Clarion Housing Group spokesperson.

“We are very disappointed by this decision. Our proposal provided all 203 current social housing residents with a new home and 67 additional homes for social rent for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC).

We do welcome the fact that the Secretary of State recognised that redevelopment of the estate is the ‘only feasible option’ and emphatically rejected the alternative proposal presented by a pressure group.

We continue to believe that our revised proposal for development would secure the future of social housing in this part of Chelsea. The 270 homes for social rent would make a huge difference to the community, especially as RBKC has completed an average of just 61 homes for social rent across the borough every year since 2014. The objection to our plans on a technicality means the future of the Sutton Estate is now uncertain. We will consider our position and announce our intention in the new year.”