Boris to back Battersea regeneration with housing zone status

The neighbouring Winstanley and York Road estates in Battersea have been named as a front runner to become one of the Mayor of London’s very first ‘housing zones’ which will benefit from a range of support to boost regeneration.

It would mean the Mayor, the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, Network Rail and other public authorities would prioritise the area and work with the council and local community to deliver a major regeneration programme.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:

“Working with local residents we are developing an ambitious masterplan for these two estates that will offer enormous benefits to the community, provide much needed housing and vastly improve the local environment.

“We set out our plans to the mayor who has given us a resounding endorsement by highlighting the estates as a front runner for housing zone designation. Boris has recognised the benefits we can unlock right on the doorstep of the Clapham Junction transport hub.

“Once these zones are set up they will be the focus of a co-ordinated response from the public sector including Transport for London and Network Rail. This would help us to deliver an exceptional regeneration programme in this part of Battersea working closely with the local community, local councillors and other stakeholders.

“There may also be opportunities to share risk, develop flexible tenures to meet local needs, access funding to support infrastructure improvements and offer greater freedoms over how the project is financed. This could include using the proceeds from Right to Buy sales to invest in new homes.

“All this would put our plans to improve the Winstanley and York Road estates on a surer footing and help us create a much better quality of life for the people living here.”

The council has worked closely with ward councillors, local residents, residents associations and community organisations to develop a masterplan for the Winstanley and York Road estates that works for the community as a whole.

The collaborative approach and high levels of local support were key factor in the mayor’s decision to identify the project as a front runner. The council remains committed to maintaining the collaborative approach to developing the scheme further.

Housing zones are part of the Mayor’s new draft Housing Strategy that puts forward a range of measures to boost housing supply, stimulate building and produce more low cost homes.

Find out more about the masterplan.