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Aims and ambitions

  • What is the purpose of this regeneration?

We want to secure the future of social housing in the heart of Chelsea and provide our residents with good quality new homes. 

We are seeking to replace what is now outdated and difficult to maintain accommodation with poor amenities that fall below modern day standards and expectations with a high quality scheme that will provide social housing in Chelsea for our existing and future residents.  

Everything we do at Clarion is guided by our social purpose and we will provide the maximum amount of social housing, funded by the minimum amount of private housing .

It is our firm intention to develop a high quality scheme that will provide social housing in Chelsea for our existing residents and for generations to come. 

Clarion residents

  • What does this proposed regeneration mean for existing residents living in the Sutton Estate?

All our residents will be able to remain on the Estate and will live in homes that meet modern living and space standards.

  • They will all retain their security of tenure and remain on social rents (some 20% of local market rent levels).
  • Residents will only have to move once and will be able to move straight into new homes
  • They will receive a comprehensive package of support from our dedicated resident liaison manager.
  • They will also benefit from a payment of £6,100

Securing the future of social housing

  • Why can’t Clarion simply refurbish the buildings in the Estate?

Refurbishment of the Sutton Estate is simply not possible due to a lack of Government funding for refurbishment projects and the challenges around the age, condition and layout of the Estate.

The existing flats are simply not fit for the future and it is uneconomic to improve them to modern standards. Refurbishment would also involve a significant loss of flats to bring them up to modern standards for social rent.

Refurbishment is not a realistic, practical or affordable option. This is an approach that has also been agreed with RBKC.

  • Will any of the blocks be retained?

Yes, Leverstock and Maylands Houses will be retained and have recently benefitted from a series of internal improvement works. The accommodation and the layout of these blocks, with their street scene is far better than the rest of the Estate. These blocks also contain shops on the ground floor which are very popular with both our residents and the local community and positively contribute to Chelsea Green.

  • Will the height of buildings on the new estate be taller than the existing blocks?

No, there will be no increase in the height of buildings on the estate. All buildings will be between four and six storeys high.

Local retailers

  • What will happen to the shops on Chelsea Green?

Clarion understands that local businesses are important to the community and therefore local shops will be retained. We will also be providing more additional retail space as part of this regeneration scheme.

Access through the estate

  • What changes will be made to access through the estate?

The regeneration gives us the opportunity to significantly improve on the layout of the current Estate and recreate the historic route connecting Cale Street to Marlborough Street.  This route will  mainly be for the use of pedestrians, with the community square and centre at its heart and leading to the existing archways, which will be retained. In addition, a new cobbled walkway from Elystan Street to Cale Street will be created.

We are a business for a social purpose

  • Will Clarion be profiting from this scheme?

No, Clarion is a charity so cannot profit from the regeneration. We reinvest all our surpluses into building new homes, investing in our existing homes and supporting the communities in which our residents live. Despite recent Government changes which present funding challenges for us, and a significant decrease to our income over the coming years, we are committed to this regeneration for the benefit of all our residents. No Clarion executive director, board member or staff will benefit personally in any way from this or any other scheme we develop. Our motives and indeed our fiduciary duty are to manage our housing assets in the long term best interests of our current residents and others in housing need.

Funding the regeneration

  • What percentage of the new properties will be for private sale?

Our revised appeal scheme will ensure 78% of properties across the whole Estate will be for social rent following regeneration - this allows for every Clarion household (approximately 200) to remain on the Estate and provides an additional 65 new homes to be let to local people on the council’s waiting list. 

The revised appeal scheme has reduced the amount of private housing and this will now make up; 22% of the total estate.  This proceeds from this private housing will fund the cost of the regeneration.

A 'tenure blind' approach will be taken across the new homes to ensure that external architectural features such as entrances, materials and amenity are visually the same for all. A range of penthouses and duplex flats will also be available for both social and private residents.

Responsible and safe construction management

  • What will be done to reduce the impact on local residents during construction?

As part of the planning application we will produce a draft Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) and a draft Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) which you will be able to comment on.

The contractor will be required to register with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This code of practice requires the contractor to be considerate, keep the site clean, safe and secure, comply with set working hours and regularly consult with neighbours.

What happens next

  • What happens next?

The public inquiry into the application to regenerate the Sutton Estate concluded in May 2018, following evidence on both the original planning application and the revised appeal scheme.   

The Planning Inspector will now send his report as a recommendation as the responsibility for determining the appeal  has now been recovered by the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.   We anticipate that the Inspector’s report will be ready by the end of the summer and that there will be a decision from the Secretary of State by the end of the year.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us using the contact details provided.