Estate Regeneration Inspired By Clapham Riots Goes For Planning

Fri 15 Feb 2019
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The hybrid planning application for the Winstanley & York Road Regeneration LLP, the Joint Venture partnership between Wandsworth Borough Council and Taylor Wimpey masterplan is now live. It provides:

• Up to 2,550 new homes
• 35% Affordable Housing (including re-provision of existing social rent units)
• A new 2.49 Hectare York Gardens Park
• A new Leisure & Community Centre
• Flexible commercial floorspace

Kim Caddy, Wandsworth’s cabinet member for housing, said: 'The idea all started with the Clapham Junction riots. We decided we needed to look at all our estates and find ways to transform the life chances of the people there.'

A report into the riots found that the trouble started on roads in and around the Winstanley estate.
The two estates, known locally as 'The Winstanley', are a mix of high-rise towers and 'slab blocks' built between 1956 and 1972. They quickly gained notoriety for vandalism and poor conditions. Residents were given the option of demolition or refurbishment and 70 per cent said they wanted the estate to be knocked down. Completion is expected by 2030.

Another Wandsworth Councillor, Paul White, was more circumspect: 'The regeneration can improve the area by incorporating modern community facilities with landscaping and jobs but the suspicion is that with only three extra council homes being built, the problems for average and lower earners will not be addressed.'

Cover image: Clapham Junction Action Group

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Author: Jane Briginshaw, Design England

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