Kingston Council to bid for key site to continue regeneration work in the borough
Plans which will enable the council to bid to purchase the Hawks Road Clinic on Kingston Road, when it is released for sale, were approved at the Finance and Partnerships Committee yesterday (13 Feb).
The Hawks Road Clinic site is adjacent to the Cambridge Road Estate. If the site is purchased by the council, it has the potential to provide additional housing options for the residents of the estate in the event of a positive vote in the upcoming resident ballot. The ballot, which is being held between 24 February – 18 March 2020 will give residents the chance to decide whether the estate should be regenerated to deliver new high-quality, ‘greener’ homes, and a safer neighbourhood.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “The opportunity to bid for the Hawks Road Clinic site means we can work with our healthcare partners and residents to shape future healthcare services for the local community. This site has the potential to provide land for additional homes, as well as affordable housing that could fit in with our overall regeneration strategy.
“If the resident ballot returns a ‘yes’ vote, the potential for a facility on the Cambridge Road Estate, at the heart of the community, with mixed provisions of health, community and voluntary sector services, could be a real catalyst for change and help reduce health inequalities.”
The regeneration plans for the Cambridge Road Estate include 2,170 new homes which will be a mix of council housing, including an extra 114 council homes, and private housing, in mixed tenure layout and improved design: modern homes which are the right size for families, shared outside space with areas where children can play safely, and a new neighbourhood designed in collaboration with the Police to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime — a place for everyone to enjoy.