The first residents have moved into their new homes at Ravensbury Grove in Merton, marking a major milestone in a £1.3bn regeneration project being delivered by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing.
21 homes for social rent with private outdoor spaces have been delivered by Clarion and contractor, United Living New Homes, in this first phase, providing high quality new homes for existing residents. Ongoing work at Ravensbury will deliver a further 180 new homes, more than half of which will be for social rent. Residents will also benefit from a new community centre, better vehicle and pedestrian access and improved public realm, including lots of trees and green spaces.
The recently completed work is part of Clarion’s £1.3bn regeneration project set to enhance the London Borough of Merton. The scheme will deliver 2,800 new high quality homes, including 740 social rented homes, and 9,000m2 of commercial and community space across the three neighbourhoods of High Path in South Wimbledon and Ravensbury and Eastfields in Mitcham.
All existing residents will be rehoused in homes of an appropriate size, dealing with existing overcrowding. Over 200 of the new homes are ear-marked for existing resident homeowners, in an innovative offer allowing them a new home at no additional cost on a full freehold or leasehold basis.
Clare Miller, Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming residents to their brand new homes in a neighbourhood that they have helped shape. Regeneration means building new homes that meet residents’ needs now and in the future, but it’s not just about the homes. We’re investing in improvements to the neighbourhood for the community to enjoy, and are looking forward to seeing the next phases of our £1.3bn regeneration scheme take shape.”
Neil Armstrong, United Living Group CEO and Chairman, said: “We are proud to have worked closely with Clarion to deliver such a key part in the regeneration of Ravensbury Grove. The 21 new homes will provide additional modern accommodation for the community and become a real centrepiece for the regeneration project. These along with future improvements to the area will boost quality of life for current and future generations and create a truly lasting legacy.”
Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council, said: “I’m delighted to see the first families move into their brand new homes, marking another milestone in the regeneration of these three communities. As with the wider regeneration planned for High Park and Eastfields, these families will have a much better quality of life, accommodation and community spaces.”
Throughout the project residents have been able to follow the build process of the properties from start to finish through Ravensbury Live. This innovative website powered by eBrik has provided photo, video and text updates along with in-depth information about the regeneration project as a whole. To find out more visit www.ravensburylive.com.