Battersea redevelopment backed by residents

Battersea redevelopment backed by residentsWandsworth residents have given their backing to a major redevelopment project which would see hundreds of homes rebuilt alongside a new park, leisure centre, library and community centre.

Residents of the Battersea estates at York Road and Winstanley have given their approval to the scheme, which would see up to £100 million being invested across the two neighbouring estates and the Alton West estate in Roehampton.

The results of the latest consultation have given the scheme a clear direction and a solid footing, according to Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council.

He explained that estate residents were given four investment options ranging from refurbishment and environmental works to a comprehensive rebuilding project, with 70 per cent of responses coming back in favour of the latter approach.

As such, a preferred option for the estates has been drawn up, which would see a large section of the neighbourhood completely transformed, with 1960s and 70s housing blocks and shops replaced with modern buildings built around a traditional street pattern.

Some other blocks would also be refurbished, while throughout both estates the council is proposing new investment in street lighting, landscaping and other environmental improvements, which Councillor Govindia said would give the entire neighbourhood "a visible lift".

He added: "We are also proposing a brand new library, leisure centre and community centre, which would be terrific assets and would draw more people into this part of Battersea. The existing park would be greatly improved including new sports pitches and better children’s play facilities."

The scheme would also create a new public square outside the entrance to Clapham Junction Station on Grant Road, which would be lined with new shops, cafés and businesses to provide a more attractive welcome.

As it is a gateway to one of the country’s best connected transport hubs, a network of new and improved pedestrian and cycle paths would also be created to better integrate the estates with the surrounding area, including new and attractive routes through the estates that link the Battersea riverside with Clapham Junction Station and Clapham Junction town centre.

The council’s housing overview and scrutiny committee is now considering a report on the preferred option for the estate, and has promised that every council tenant and resident leaseholder who needs to move out of the old buildings will be offered a new home on the estate or close by to minimise disruption.

Published 28th February, 2014

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