Planning approval for 2,170-home regeneration of Kingston’s Cambridge Road Estate
Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer, and Kingston Council have received planning approval for their regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate in Kingston.
The joint venture partnership has received outline planning approval for the mixed-use regeneration masterplan, comprising 2,170 homes in total, in a mix of flats, maisonettes and houses of various sizes, with 45% affordable (on a habitable room basis). Of these 941 affordable homes, 767 homes will be for social rent, 20 for shared ownership and 154 for intermediate tenure. The new neighbourhood will include a minimum of an additional 114 council homes.
This planning approval follows a successful ballot of residents of the Cambridge Road Estate, who in March 2020 voted overwhelmingly in favour of the plans to regenerate their neighbourhood.
A detailed planning application has also been approved for Phase 1 of the regeneration, which will comprise 452 homes in total, including 150 for social rent and 15 for shared ownership. 1,250 sq m of community space, 290 sq m of office space and 395 sq m of retail/commercial space will also be delivered, in addition to new public open spaces. With planning approval now granted, construction is expected to begin in summer 2022.
Daniel King, Managing Director, West London & Thames Valley, Countryside, commented:
"Following the widespread support for our Cambridge Road Estate regeneration in the residents’ ballot, we are proud that our masterplan has been approved. We have put the community at the heart of these plans and so we are truly excited to begin delivering this vision.
“The regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate is vitally important for local residents and the area as a whole, and so we are committed to working in partnership with the community and Kingston Council to deliver the regeneration for the benefit of existing residents and the wider community.”
Cllr Emily Davey, Housing Portfolio Holder for Housing, Kingston Council, said:
“On behalf of Kingston Council, I am delighted that the designs for the redevelopment of the Cambridge Road Estate have been approved. The plans were drawn up with residents who are at the heart of this development. In the residents’ ballot, on an 86% turnout, 73% of the residents said they wanted the estate rebuilt. Now we can put the residents’ call for change into action.
“This project will deliver a boost for Kingston. It puts us on the path to delivering on our priorities to tackle climate change and increase the number of affordable homes, new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities in the borough.
“Residents voted for safer, warmer, greener homes and that is what we can now deliver. We are looking forward to continuing working together with residents as we deliver on these ambitions.”