Commenting on the Sutton Estate appeal, which was determined on 17 December, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said:
“I am very pleased the Secretary of State has listened to what I and many local campaigners have been calling for, and has blocked the ill-considered plans to regenerate the Sutton Estate. As we have made clear right from the start, Clarion’s proposals were totally unacceptable as they would have seen a loss of social housing.
“In his decision, the Secretary of State agreed that our new planning policies to protect and increase social housing in estate regeneration were a ‘very important consideration’ in coming to his decision. This judgment marks an important milestone in our efforts to protect London’s estates from regeneration plans that fail to put social housing and the needs of local people first.”