Kingston Council has confirmed that the ballot for the Cambridge Road Estate regeneration will be held in Autumn this year, and Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd will be the joint venture development partner, for the once in a generation chance to provide new council homes for residents.
This gives the council the opportunity to offer new homes for existing and new residents, as well as improving public and community spaces on the Cambridge Road Estate.
Kingston is one of the first London boroughs to hold a resident ballot for its estate regeneration plans.
The ballot will be independently run and overseen by the Electoral Reform Services and will ask residents to vote on whether they support the council’s regeneration proposals for new homes on the estate. The council will run the ballot in accordance with the Greater London Authority guidance.
There will be a wide-ranging and extensive programme of engagement over the coming months to ensure everyone has the opportunity to give their views and be part of the masterplanning.
If the result of the ballot is ‘yes’, a planning application will be submitted to Kingston Council’s planning service in 2020 for consideration.
Cllr Emily Davey, Kingston Council Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Residents are at the heart of plans for the Cambridge Road Estate and we will be working with them every step of the way to shape the new homes and new estate. This is a once in a generation opportunity to build new homes on Cambridge Road Estate, as well as new facilities such as parks, play areas and community spaces.”
Working with Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd, the council plans to build around 2,000 new homes on the estate over the next 10-15 years.
The new partnership will bring over 60 years of construction expertise and experience, as well as opportunities to train local residents to help deliver the project. Subject to a positive ballot result, construction works will start in early 2021 with the first new homes ready to move into in 2022. All residents will be supported before, during and after a move. To minimise disruption to residents, building works will take place over a period of time.