Published: 01/10/2020 By Allan Fuller
Wandsworth Council has committed itself to regenerating the Alton Estate in Roehampton, despite the recent withdrawal of developers Redrow.
The council will carry on with the current masterplan proposals to build 1,000 new homes on the 1950s brutalist style estate which borders Richmond Park. The move was agreed at yesterday’s Housing and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee (September 17). It will also push ahead with plans to demolish a number of older buildings, including the original entrance to the estate at Allbrook House, and replace them with towers up to nine storeys high as well as a new library, health centre, children’s centre and shops. However, the scheme is expected to be delayed while a new development partner is found. Officers will test the market in the coming months to see if there remains interest in the scheme, before reporting back to the committee in November with recommendations on how to find a replacement development partner.
In August Redrow pulled out of the Alton scheme as part of a general exit from developments in the capital, citing increasing costs and the challenges and delays to the two-tier planning system in London. However, Redrow will still complete the scheme on Bessborough Road, which will see 10 new homes delivered on site. This is expected to be done in 2021.
The council is likely to deliver the 14 new homes on Fontley Way, which were originally due to be constructed by Redrow, as part of the council’s ‘Housing for All’ programme.