Thousands of homes across High Path, Ravensbury and Eastfields estates set for multimillion pound rebuild
Thousands of homes will be knocked down and rebuilt as part of a decade long regeneration plan, a housing association confirmed today.
Three of Merton’s oldest estates managed by Merton Priory Homes (MPH), part of Circle Housing, will be demolished and transformed into modern housing blocks.
Bosses of the housing group met on Wednesday following a three month consultation with residents to decide whether to move forward with the plans.
They agreed a "full regeneration" of the High Path and Eastfields estates and a "part regeneration part refurbishment" of Ravensbury Estate.
The plans will affect 1,265 homes across all three estates over an eight to 12 year period in a project costing hundreds of millions of pounds.
Work will now begin on creating a master plan for the new design of each estate which will see residents again consulted throughout 2014.
Tenants of MPH will be given the choice to leave the estate with a right to return should they wish, while leaseholders who will be given the option of being bought out by MPH.
Wayne Hainsworth, managing director of Merton Priory Homes, said: "It’s the start of a long process in terms of further consultation and engagement with customers and stakeholders.
"The next stage is to work with residents and plan the specific details.
"It is very important to us that we keep our residents at the heard and involve them in those detailed conversations."
He added: "What I see across the three of those estates is I see a sense of community.
"I think for me I want to ensure that that sense of community remains and that it is strengthened."
When questioned on the future for leaseholders living the estates Mr Hainsworth said: "We want to put together a range of offers that we will take to and discuss with our residents.
"Every single household has a very unique set of circumstances.
"We will be going into every single home and personally talking to people about what it means to them and how we move forward."
Any formal planning applications are not likely to be submitted until 2015 with construction potentially set for 2016, should residents and councillors agree with any plans put forward.
Work is expected to be phased over an eight to 12 year period in six phases with final completion dates set for 2028.
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