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Clarion Housing Group’s planning application to regenerate the Sutton Estate, Chelsea, which was developed over many years with residents, local councillors, RBKC officers, representative bodies and the local community was refused by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in November 2016.


We were deeply disappointed with this decision and so in June 2017, Clarion lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate as we firmly believe regeneration is the best option for both our current and future residents and to secure the future of social housing in Chelsea.


To try and reach agreement with RBKC and the Mayor of London, Clarion proposed revisions to the Appeal Scheme, these proposals seek to provide more social rented housing on site and reduce the private housing. Residents and the wider public were consulted on the Revised Appeal Schemes throughout February.  The consultation materials are available here and you can download the documents from the Original Planning application and the Revised Appeal scheme here.


The seven day public inquiry into the application to regenerate the Sutton Estate commenced on the 9 May and included an evening session for residents and visits to the Estate.  The Planning Inspector’s report should be ready by the end of the summer, however, responsibility for determining the appeal has been recovered by the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.  We hope to have a decision by the end of the year.  


Please be aware that the consultation has now closed and thank you to everyone who has submitted their feedback. 


  • All of our residents will remain on the Estate.
  • All our residents will retain their security of tenure and pay social rents.
  • Residents will move straight into their brand new homes.


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