Planning Win for Major Regeneration at Pollards Hill
The final stamp of approval has been issued for the complex and challenging application to London Borough of Merton for the Pollards Hill development and regeneration scheme. The extensive masterplan by Hunters architectural team has now achieved a major step towards realisation – regenerating both rented and private homes in this part of South West London.
The scheme encompasses over 900 homes, including 90 new houses and flats and the refurbishment / upgrade of 800 existing homes. It is part of a wider regeneration of over 1,500 homes. The new tenure mix is anticipated to be a mixture of affordable and intermediate housing. The project has been divided into two main phases, the first entailing refurbishment of existing dwellings with the second encompassing new buildings.
Hunters' design is centred around a revamped open public space known as Donnelly Green. Much of the concept focused on improving accessibility with the creation of new safe routes across the site and closing off existing unsafe routes.
A major triumph for the project will be for residents to remain living within their own homes whilst the regeneration works are carried out. A vast number of the properties were purchased through the Right to Buy scheme and as a result, the architectural team utilised their skills and experience to steer a comprehensive masterplan through extensive consultation. Construction is projected to start within the next couple of weeks.
Hunters' client for this project Moat Homes, a Housing Association established for over 50 years, who work across London and the South East of England. Moat build an average of 500-600 homes every year, owning and managing around 20,000 homes.
Paul Wellings-Longmore, Director at Hunters commented 'It's great that this project will be realised now and that sub-standard homes can be refurbished and an area made safer and more attractive. Suburban estates have not had the investment in the last twenty years with a concentration on city centres, and Hunters are at the forefront of working on this type of scheme. This project has similar characteristics to the masterplans and regeneration work we have implemented at Copley Close in Ealing, Evenlode in Maidenhead and Brenley Park in Merton.