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Roehampton Partnership (21 November 2017) – comments from the gallery

This meeting of the Roehampton Partnership (RP) was rather underwhelming according to one attendee’s view. The following comments relate to that attendee’s view and obviously others that attended may have a different view of the following contents.

  1. Apologies for absence

There were many attendees that were absent, including the Chair and Vice Chair, and Councillor Mrs Steffi Sutters was the Chair for this evening. There were at least nine absences plus two roles which have not yet been filled.

Interesting, the representatives from University of Roehampton and University of Roehampton Student Union did not attend. This non-attendance was noticed and will be commented on later in this article though bear the following meeting dates in mind when considering this;

  • 21 September 2016 – University of Roehampton attended
  • 23 November 2016 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 15 March 2017 – University of Roehampton Student Union attended
  • 14 June 2017 – was cancelled.
  • 26 September 2017 – neither attended.
  • 21 November 2017 – neither attended.
  • 14 March 2018 – date of next meeting

In other words, if the University of Roehampton attends the meeting of 14 March 2018 that would be almost one and a half years between attending meetings, and one year for the University of Roehampton Student Union.

  1. Declarations of Interest

There was none.

  1. Minutes – 26th September 2017

Hersham Close Residents Association (HCRA) mentioned the following regarding;

  • Matters Arising – the follow up to be provided by Ibstock School was not given though the HCRA asked for this after the meeting.
  • Alton Area Regeneration – it was their suggestion to have Paper 17-268 included within the meeting which was taken up by the Chair.
  • Future Agenda Items – there was no mention of the request to include the retro-fitting of water sprinklers within tall buildings and that this was declined by the Chair.
  1. Alton Area Regeneration

There was quite a bit mentioned under this section.

The Redrow PR team, Communications Potential, apologised that Redrow could not attend due to some reason or other. Interestingly, Redrow did not appear at the Western Area Housing Panel (WAHP) of the 4 December 2017 either due to conflicting schedules. Given Redrow are about to begin work on a major regeneration in the area one might think more effort by Redrow to appear at such meetings may not too much to ask. The PR team provided some information regarding how many people attended the recent exhibitions and the feedback from them.

HCRA raised the issue that not all residents were aware that the Bessborough Road Consultation was held on 15 November 2017. It turns out that Councillors Peter Carpenter and Jeremy Ambache were not aware either of the event though Councillor Sur McKinney commented she was aware. HCRA asked whether this consultation would be presented at the RP and the silence appeared to indicate this was not going to happen.

HCRA also mentioned that various related regeneration items should be raised at the RP and were currently not, these being the Bessborough Road Consultation, Council Papers such as 17-268, and the Environmental Impact Assessment. A Council representative highlighted that we could comment on the planning application, which seemed to defeat the purpose of this advisory group and might be a bit late in terms of providing any feedback?

Councillor Ambache suggested that all regeneration documents should come to the RP first before going to the various Council Committees though this did not garner much support, even from Councillors Carpenter and McKinney. One might argue that this makes sense given the RP’s role?

  1. Public Health Regeneration

There was a short presentation though it seems as though there has not really been any substantial move forward on this topic or ‘social regeneration’.

The HCRA suggested that it might be worthwhile reaching out to Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Co-oridnation Project Manager who provides regular useful updates on grants and health initiatives. To which the presenter commented that she was to meet with this team the following week. The HCRA also suggested that it might be worthwhile having a Roehampton based such distribution, accepting that not all residents on the Alton estate have internet access, though this might be useful.

  1. Transport for London (TfL)

TfL did not attend.

  1. Future Agenda Items

None were mentioned.

  1. Future Meeting Dates

HCRA asked if there was a reason for five meetings dates next year when there are usually four. A person from the Council mentioned that one could always be removed. HCRA followed up with an ask about whether these dates linked in with events next year as this may have been the case for the extra date. The answer from the Council person was that there was likely an error in producing the dates.

The Roehampton Forum member asked if any of these meetings could be held at the University of Roehampton as then it might attend a meeting.

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Roehampton Partnership (21 November 2017)

The next meeting of the Roehampton Partnership takes place on 21 November.

The agenda being;

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Declarations of Interest
  3. Minutes – 26th September 2017
  4. Alton Area Regeneration
  5. Public Health Regeneration
  6. Transport for London (TfL)
  7. Future Agenda Items
  8. Future Meeting Dates

Some comments about the draft Minutes of the meeting dated 26 September 2017.

Section 4

Ibstock School planning application 2015/5074 was approved late 2015 and is not yet approved due to the long running discussion regarding community use, which one may have thought fell under ‘social regeneration’ which the Labour ward Councillors have mentioned a few times. Note, this planning application Ibstock School was mentioned in the March Minutes.

Section 5

Regarding the circulation of paper 17-268, this was requested by the Hersham Close Residents Association and may have been worth a mention.

Section 6

Hersham Close Residents Association highlighted that when ‘churn’ of residents is mentioned there is a lack of data to support this. Given that about 2/3 of the estate is Council tenanted, and the remaining 1/3 is split about 50% resident leaseholder and 50% non-resident leaseholder, how is this ‘churn’ figure determined?
Section 8

Hersham Close Residents Association mentioned that water sprinklers should be included within this. The Chair declined this suggestion.

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Question to the Leader of the Council – February 1st 2017

There is always so much information to gather, read and try to share, though this popped up and it has a bit to do with the Alton Estate. The Questions to the Leader of the Council on February 1st 2017 posed a few aspects which are of relevance for the Alton Estate.

Click on the following to take you to the relevant points of interest:

If it helps, here’s a few of the select items……

(9) Roehampton Regeneration: Question raised by Councillor Carpenter to the Leader of the Council: 

May I congratulate officers on their diligent work which has led to the selection of Redrow Homes Ltd as the Development Partner for the Council in the Alton Estate Regeneration. This represents the beginning of a long development process. Does the Leader agree that it is essential to ensure that Redrow Homes lives up to the high design standards it put forward in its tender documents, is fully engaged with the community in developing its detailed plans, and is an active participant in the social as well as the physical regeneration of the Alton?


I would also like to thank and congratulate Cllr Carpenter for his exemplary and consistent support for our ambitious plans for the Alton regeneration. New infrastructure, improved sports activities and better training and employment opportunities will ensure that the regeneration achieves a social benefit through the council’s Aspirations programme, and help hundred of residents across the borough every year.

The quality of the new housing provided on the Alton Estate is a paramount objective of the regeneration. High quality design of both the affordable and private housing will result in improved quality of life, public health and social outcomes for our residents. The Wandsworth Local Plan fully supports Housing Design Guide principles. These are now part of the London Plan policies through the Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (2016). Community engagement is an essential part of any estate regeneration and the council will work very closely with Redrow Homes to ensure the community will continue to be fully engaged in these proposals. Social outcomes are at the heart of the council’s objectives for the regeneration and we expect that these outcomes will be delivered hand-inhand with the delivery of the scheme.

(10) Alton Regeneration: Question raised by Councillor Ryder to the Leader of the Council: 

Given the extent of the plans for the Alton estate and the Winstanley/York Road estates, could the Leader tell us if any other council in London has such an ambitious programme to build new homes fit for the 21st Century?

 Would he join me in welcoming our developer partner for the Alton Estate Regeneration Project and does he, like me, look forward to seeing their plans brought forward?


I am aware of plans that a number of other boroughs have for estate regeneration and I think it’s fair to say that I‟m not aware of any other borough entering into two ambitious regeneration schemes at the same time whilst also re-providing more affordable housing over the level currently provided. The Council is able to do this due to the robust position of its housing finances. We’re also proud of our record in ensuring that physical regeneration happens hand in hand with social regeneration. We’re working hard to ensure residents on these estates are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential and meet their aspirations. They are already benefiting from job and training opportunities, as well as targeted interventions to encourage improved lifestyle choices that deliver better health outcomes.

I, of course, welcome Redrow as our development partner and look forward to working with them to provide an estate fit for the 21st century for our residents in Roehampton but also support this Council’s broad agenda to aspire and help our residents to attain their fullest potential.

(16) Social Regeneration in Roehampton: Question raised by Councillor Ambache to the Cabinet Member for Housing:

I am pleased that the Cabinet Member, and Chairman of the Roehampton Partnership, is committed to tackling Social Regeneration to run hand-in hand with the physical regeneration on the Alton Estate. The Ward Councillors look forward to working with him, with the developers, with the Clinical Commissioning Group and with the community to achieve this.

Can he provide?

  • The latest Health inequalities data for Roehampton and Putney Heath ward as compared to other wards of the Borough?
  • What plans does he have to tackle the poor health outcomes and shortened life expectancy of residents living in this area?


  • The Roehampton population faces particular challenges around health inequality. We know  it is the second most deprived ward in the Borough, with higher than average levels of worklessness. Life expectancy is lower than average, and rates of child obesity, and of hospital admissions for coronary heart disease and alcohol related harm, are higher than we’d want to see.   It’s our detailed understanding of these factors which has made this neighbourhood a focus for our targeted work over several years, and we continue to adapt and amend our offer in light of experience of what works. Councillor Ambache will be aware that more detailed information on health inequalities is also set out in the Council’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).
  • The Council’s Aspirations Programme recognises the need to address inequalities within Roehampton and on the Alton Estate as part of the ongoing regeneration process. and there are a number of ways we are tackling this, with the support of local groups, businesses, voluntary and statutory organisations in the area. Examples of the work include :
  • the Roehampton Challenge: 11 projects were funded to engage residents and help them improve their health, focusing on a range of areas such as healthy eating, physical exercise, dental care to mental and sexual wellbeing.. Over two and half thousand people were helped by the projects delivered.

Together with the CCG   we launched in January a new targeted programme working with children’s centres including Eastwood and Granard in Roehampton, to engage and support families with children under five to improve their health outcomes

  • We successfully piloted healthy school lunch schemes to improve uptake of healthy school meals and promote healthy packed lunches with children and parents in priority schools, which included Heathmere school in Roehampton;
  • We continue to work with the community to increase awareness of healthy lifestyles through community events and festivals such as the Roehampton Festival, which has successfully brought together local residents and organisations and raised awareness of services and activities available.
  • The Council’s Public Health Board has a systematic programme of checking that our services are targeting health inequalities, and we have had assurance to date from our smoking, sexual health and drugs and alcohol services that they are appropriately targeting the deprived areas and vulnerable groups who need their help most.

I am therefore pleased to say there is a lot of positive work both being implemented and in the planning stage to improve the health of residents in the area.

(22) Design on the Alton Estate: Question raised by Councillor McKinney to the Cabinet Member for Housing:

Has the new partner the scope and capacity to design modernist buildings that echo the iconic and listed buildings on the Alton estate?


How the developer’s proposals interacted with the neighbouring estate on both sides of Roehampton Lane was an important element in the competition process. Going forward, ensuring the new development respects the heritage setting of the Alton Estate will be a key part of the design process. The developer partner and their architects will work closely with the Council, Historic England and relevant heritage stakeholders to ensure that there is a sympathetic fit between the new and the old.

As always all information is provided on a best endeavours basis and would recommend readers to read the documents themselves for any items of interest.

(30) Resident Engagement: Question raised by Councillor Ryder to the Cabinet

Member for Housing: With the Alton regeneration reaching an exciting new phase, how will the Council continue its impressive record of public engagement and consultation to ensure residents are involved in the regeneration plans?


As the leader has already stated, effective community engagement is a fundamental part of a successful estate regeneration scheme – one that brings the community along with it and community engagement is an essential part of the next stage of the scheme. The developer partner will be required to work very closely with the Roehampton Regeneration team to learn from the very well received consultation conducted for the Alton Area Masterplan and rapidly put in place a programme of engagement with residents and stakeholders. We are expecting Redrow Homes to attend the next meeting of the Roehampton Partnership on 15th March 2017.


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Alton Activity Centre – what the heck is going on?

‘Social regeneration’ is something which the Roehampton and Putney Heath ward Councillors have been raising since the 2014 December Roehampton Partnership meeting. Well, how can residents put their faith in them if they appear to have let the closure of the Alton Activity Centre slip through through net?

For background reading the following may be of interest;

Alton Regeneration Watch article provides background as to what this is all about.

The folks challenging this have a facebook page with further information.

The Alton Regeneration Watch also has an online petition with a video by London Live which has residents speaking about why the Alton Activity Centre is so important and this was on London Live.

Though the timeline of what has happened makes for an interesting read. The story, if possible, will be updated as more information comes to hand. This timeline is by no means exhaustive of what has happened though does provide some background as to what has been happening.

This was a huge own goal for the Alton estate and residents have to ask, what are our representatives doing????

Date Description
1st April Wandsworth Guardian website publishes – ‘Alton Activity Centre: children enjoy “leaving party” as Spurgeon’s contract comes to an end’
31st March Alton Activity Centre farewell Easter Party
31st March Wandsworth Guardian letter by Robin Bishop, Alton Estate resident, highlights the reduced services being offered by the Council and asks the Council to reveal what their true plans are.
24th March Wandsworth Guardian letter by Zahra Ali, Alton Estate resident, highlights that impacted families have had no consultation about the kind of provision that is required by parents and children
21st March A well attended local event held at the DARA in support of the Alton Activity Centre. In the main organised by Wandsworth Against Cuts and supported by local Roehampton groups the ARW and the Roehampton Forum.

This was also commented on in the Wandsworth Guardian.

The poster for the meeting.

15th March The Roehampton Partnership had Zahra Ali and another parent impacted by the plight of the closure of the Alton Activity Centre speak at this meeting. Rather unusually this was asked to go to a vote by the Roehampton Forum member and the vote was in support of the Alton Activity Centre. Only two voted against, these being Councillors Sutters and Ellis, both members of the Council Executive and members of the party that are in favour of closing the current facilities.

Additionally, this was the first time the ‘flyer’ referred at the ‘Council’ meeting of 9th March.

10th March Wandsworth Guardian article by Roehampton Labour Councillor about the ‘half baked’ proposals for the Alton Activity Centre.
9th March At the Wandsworth ‘Council’ meeting there is a mention of a ‘flyer is currently being produced to keep the local community up to date with what is happening to the Centre and this will be made available to the local community by the end of next week’, making this the 18th March, then how is it possible that some impacted families stated at the DARA meeting of 21st March that they hadn’t seen this ‘flyer’?
2nd March Putneysw15 website publishes ‘Save Alton Centre’ Campaign Produce Music Video’ which contains “A local campaign group has produced a music video featuring local children as part of their protest at planned changes at the Alton Activity Centre. The video features children from the Alton Activity All Stars doing their version of a Queen classic”.
13th February putneysw15  publishes an article titled – Campaigners Believe Plans For Alton Centre ‘Questionable & Vague’ – which refers to what is happening regarding the situation.
12th February Wandsworth Council website publishes an article – “Agreement nears on deal to continue family services at Alton activity centre”.
11th February Wandsworth Council Committee meeting – Education and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Item number 14 “Alton Activity Centre (Paper No.16-44)” was voted down 3 versus 7. Parents impacted by the Alton Activity Centre reduction in services spoke at this meeting.
11th February Wandsworth Guardian letter by Brian Cairns, Save Our Alton Activity Centre, questions whether the Council’s revised services will meet the needs to families.
11th February Putney Labour Party Roehampton News  has an article regarding this in “Save Our Centre from Tory Cuts”.
3rd February VoteRoehampton spots that Labour voted for closing the Alton Activity Centre and then changes its mind. 
25th January London Live makes a video highlighting the Alton Activity Centre situation
25th January Wandsworth Guardian website publishes – “Kids not cuts”: Campaigners take to the streets of Roehampton to keep Spurgeon’s contract in Alton Activity Centre
13th January Wandsworth Guardian website publishes  – “Roehampton parents say children will miss out if Alton Activity Centre is closed”
23rd December Wandsworth Guardian website publishes – “ Roehampton activity centre to close in Spring ending years of after school and holiday care ”.

This is an interesting comment: “Alton Activity Centre, in the Roehampton regeneration area, has been run by a charity called Spurgeon’s, but the contract will end in March 2016, after Wandsworth Council made the decision to end it in November 2011”.


1st December Roehampton Partnership (missed opportunity?):

It has to be asked why the Alton Activity Centre was not discussed at this meeting? There were the three ward Labour Councillors and the Reverend McKinney. This was the second missed opportunity to raise this issue in a meaningful manner and have other Roehampton bodies possibly support the Alton Activity Centre.

19th November Wandsworth Council Committee meeting – “Education and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee” – The Alton Activity Centre is not directly referred to though is mentioned within item 112, “Early Years Review (Paper. No. 15-437). At this Committee meeting this item was passed “unanimously”!!! Wow, so Labour Councillors even agreed with this motion. The Reverend McKinney did not attend the committee, and there may have been good reason for not attending, though it does not neglect mentioning to the ward Councillors or to the Labour council meeting attendees that this was a potential pitfall. 

‘Social regeneration’ should start, at least, with an interest in the Council items that could put a dent in the provision of community facilities. In terms of a pass or fail, this seems to be a ‘fail’.

Anyone else, any thoughts?

Roehampton’s new Creative Community Hub: a socially sustainable model?


First question, are you aware of this report?

Second question, if so, what do you think of this report?

Some observations;

  • Have a read of page 15 whereby the University has input into what Roehampton should have for its students, though does not have the capital to invest in its asks (seeming to prefer building student accommodation!). Also, there might be a challenge here from the University regarding what locals views with the comment “There is a wish to make sure that these students have the facilities they need while they are studying, to make the area attractive for future students, and to mitigate any problems (real or perceived) that the students presence or behaviour may cause for other residents”. Notice the “real or perceived” comment?
  • Appendix 4 lists all of those people and organisations that were involved in this report, and as far as it can be determined, only two of the people live on the Alton Estate!!!!

For more information about this report;


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Roehampton Voice Issue 21

Well, the regeneration is definitely a hot topic at the moment, and the latest edition of the Roehampton Voice has a few entries about it. Let’s take a a quick run through…

A Cautionary Tale – page 4

A interesting example of what could happen in terms of the feared “rat run” that could be caused by opening the Danebury Avenue, or maybe even Highcliffe Drive, barriers.

Roehampton Social Audit- 5 Years On – page 6

This article refers to the Social Audit which was done back in 2010 and focuses heavily on the dwindling of community services that will continue as part of the regeneration. Let’s be clear about this, it is a concern especially as it has taken so long for this topic to rear its head? What have our community leaders been doing about protecting this?

At the Roehampton Partnership, this has been mentioned though not much more than that even as far back as the December 3rd meeting. Have a read of the Minutes to see the concern expressed by Hollis Blake.

The report is worth a read for others aspects which are relevant.

Links of interest (click the sentence below for the article)

> Roehampton Partnership minutes 3rd December 2014

> Roehampton Social Audit 2010

Interestingly, this Audit was commissioned by the Holy Trinity Church and the Roehampton Forum, both of whom have roles on the Roehampton Partnership……..

Regeneration News and Views – page 7

There are four articles on this page.

  1. ARW commenting on its meeting of 29th May
  2. A message from one of the Voice’s editing team on the regeneration
  3. An oral historian gawking for thoughts from locals
  4. A high level timeline of the regeneration

More Regeneration News – page 8

Reverend McKinney provides his 10 reasons for why the regeneration is required. This is taken from his letter published in the Wandsworth Guardian letter section dated 23 April 2015.

What is interesting is that some of these comments contradict the findings of the Social Audit which was referred to earlier, for instance, point 9, states “Environmental improvements will ensure that the Bull Green will become a real recreational facility, rather than a deserted field with a few tracks across it”. The report of 2010, page 20,  says leave it alone with 74.8% agreeing to “Green Surroundings- including : open spaces; Trees; landscaping of estate” and the Labour Party report, question 7, which states “Q7. How concerned are you about retaining the green space and trees?” has a 65.1% result which is “Entirely concerned”.

Do not forget that the Reverend was the Chair of the Forum (a commissioner of the Social Audit report) at this time. Makes you think, “why bother responding when it doesn’t appear to count”.

Also, point 1 states “lt is not social cleansing because all freeholders, council tenants and resident I leaseholders, affected will be guaranteed new properties and no financial loss”. Well, at the Alton Regeneration Watch meeting of 2nd June, a couple of leaseholders (one directly impacted by the regeneration) called attention to this comment. Perhaps, the Reverend would like to provide some background as to how this will work, along with expected service charges and Council Taxes?

Information of interest

> Roehampton Social Audit 2010

> Labour survey results 2008 “What Roehampton Wants” : this is where the Question 7 comes from


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Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Next stage of the Masterplan is being discussed next week…….hasn’t anyone told you?

The meeting of the Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee tales place next Wednesday, 21st January, 2015 at 7.30 p.m. and this represents the next stage of the regeneration. This covers a few topics such as the purchasing of freeholds and leaseholds, as well as how social renters might be impacted.

At this stage the items on the Council Committee’s website are Agenda items.

To see each of the documents, click on the following bullet points;

@ Agenda Items

@ Alton Area Masterplan Update, SW15 (Roehampton and Putney Heath) (Paper No. 15-7)

@ Appendix 1 – The objectives identified for the Alton area regeneration

@ Appendix 2 – Delivery Approach Assessment

@ Appendix 3 – properties were identified as part of the Masterplan consultation

process as being proposed to be replaced with new homes

@ Appendix 4 – Leaseholder and Freeholder Information Booklet

If it assists, we’ve selected some paragraphs which may, or may not, be of interest. Note the concerns mentioned by those impacted. For instance, if you were offered the choice to move from your home into a shiny new apartment with no idea of the likely costs, wouldn’t you be a bit hesitant in taking up the offer?

Alton Area Masterplan Update, SW15 (Roehampton and Putney Heath) (Paper No. 15-7)

Paragraph Comment
5 The decisions included will signal real intent from the Council to proceed with the programme and this message should be signalled publicly following the decisions.
9 The Council approved the Alton area Masterplan in October 2014 (Paper No. 14-447). This represented the culmination of an 18 month Masterplanning process that Alton area masterplan update included two periods of extensive consultation with the local community and other stakeholders, resulting in a vision for how the Alton area may change and develop over the coming years.
35 Further to this, since the proposals are now moving closer to implementation, it is considered reasonable that in these circumstances the Council should now offer to purchase these properties on the terms outlined in the resident commitments as if the Council were effectively moving to designate areas for development.
47 Particular issues raised by residents include: whether there will be an impact on rent levels for tenants, service charge levels for resident Alton area Masterplan owners who buy back into the scheme and impact on Council tax for resident owners who buy back into the scheme.
48 Certainly in relation to rents the commitment is a clear one and that is that social renters will be rehoused on the social rents that they are being charged at the time of rehousing depending of course on a similar size of property being offered etc.
62 There are a number of interests in properties within the Alton regeneration area that need to be acquired before the scheme can progress. These will be purchased firstly through voluntary buy backs but may require the use of CPO powers. Based on the estimate of likely purchases concluded through voluntary buy backs it is now proposed to establish significant HRA capital budgets of £6.5 million per annum in both 2015/16 and 2016/17 in relation to this scheme for which positive budget variations are recommended for approval with any future budget requirements approved as part of the annual HRA capital bids process reported in January each year.

Appendix 1

The Council wishes to fund all social housing from its HRA, to own this housing, and to have it delivered in discrete, manageable blocks.
The Council wishes to own and manage all replacement leaseholder and intermediate housing stock. There needs to be further discussion as to whether these are in discrete blocks or provided within social rent blocks.
The Council intends to ensure that management of public realm and the neighbourhood in general is tenure neutral with no clear designation between private owned and Council owned property and a high standard maintained throughout. Options must be able to accommodate realistic solutions to funding long term upkeep of public realm, including the re-modelled Alton Park and village green, that do not result in unsustainable charges to affordable housing residents
The Council aspire to higher levels of private/intermediate housing from a housing needs/place-making perspective. This may impact on the form of housing provided in particular localities in the regeneration area. The Council would wish to explore options in some parts of the regeneration area to provide family friendly housing and environments for low and middle income households.
The Council wish to move from a freehold sale approach to a leasehold approach with a ground rent income and commercial rents to the General Fund
The regeneration would need to make provision for the replacement of a significant number of lost community assets including a doctor’s surgery, library, youth club, housing office etc.). Replacement would be on the basis of existing users (e.g. Methodist Church long leaseholder) agreeing terms in respect to the sale of their land
The masterplan currently includes the provision of 400 student bedrooms in the Danebury Centre and it is intended that the Roehampton University or a private student housing company will manage these units.
The masterplan area predominantly comprises land owned by the Council but land ownership complications concerning the Mount Clare site, currently owned by the Southlands Trust and managed by the local Methodists, will need consideration. Proposals for Mount Clare have been proposed and a memorandum of understanding has been drafted between the Council, the Southlands Trust and Roehampton University
Private Rented Sector properties on the Alton Area are of a different nature to PRS on the Winstanley and York Road. This is due to the high rental yield levels and the growing Roehampton University student population. The Council is considering the social and legal ramifications of covenanting the affordable housing bought by resident leaseholders currently living in the Alton area that will be developed through the regeneration programme, as well as possibly the private sale accommodation. This is intended to ensure that the homes cannot be used, either by the initial owner or future owners, as a buy to let investment.


Our Councillor Sue McKinney sits on this Committee, so please ask her your questions……quickly!


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Peter Carpenter – pcarpenter@wandsworth.gov.uk

Jeremy Ambache – JAmbache@wandsworth.gov.uk

Sue McKinney – SMcKinney@wandsworth.gov.uk

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton – Roehampton@wandsworth.gov.uk