Do the regeneration figures add up?

September 1, 2018


Wandsworth Council's latest regeneration newsletter sets out a timeline for the demolitions and the new buildings. But will there be enough space for all current council tenants and leaseholders? Here is our own analysis, based on the council's own numbered phases and quantities of new properties:


Phase 0: 10 new flats are built on Bessborough Road (on the site of Sherwood Lodge), and an unspecified number of flats are built on Fontley Way (the former One O'Clock Club).


Phase 1: Buildings including 40 new flats are built on the current Co-op site. Presumably the present occupants move into the buildings in Phase 0.


Phase 2a: Portswood Place is demolished. Hopefully there is room in Fontley Way for these residents?


Phase 2b: Allbrook House, Kingsclere Close and the north side of Harbridge Avenue are demolished. Here is where the numbers cease to add up. There are only 40 new flats on the Co-op site to accommodate the residents of these three blocks. Unless the Fontley Way development is huge, the council will not be able to rehouse all residents on the Alton Estate. It's also worth noting that all the new homes on the phase 2b site will be private.


Phase 2c: 116 new social rent and equity share homes at 166 Roehampton Lane. This sounds more promising. Except...


Phase 3: The south side of Harbridge Avenue, and the south side of Danebury Avenue up to but not including the bungalows, are demolished. By our reckoning, this displaces more than 116 households. 


All current council tenants and leaseholders were promised that they could stay. Also, we were told there would be extra social housing on the Alton Estate by the time the regeneration was complete. Are broken promises on the horizon?

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