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Residents urged to get involved in planning the future of the Cambridge Road Estate

Local people will be able to have their say on the three shortlisted options for the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate. 

A major consultation has started following the launch of Kingston Council’s proposals at the CREst Fun Day on the Estate on Saturday 3 September. 

The proposals offer options ranging from partial to complete replacement of all homes on the estate. 

Kingston Council’s regeneration team have tested fourteen possible options and shortlisted down to the three best proposals. Scoring was based on five key measurements: viability, quality of homes, additional homes, quality of environment and impact on the wider area.

Options were developed based on detailed feasibility studies, which looked at the condition and layout of the estate, the quality of the existing homes, the cost and how it might be funded and the number of new homes that would be provided. 

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said: 
“Kingston’s population is growing. We need to plan for that growth, make sure it’s right for our borough and also do what we can to provide homes for future generations. Part of that plan is to embark on an ambitious programme to regenerate some of the largest housing estates within Kingston, with Cambridge Road Estate being the first. 

“This consultation is a hugely important step for the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate as it will shape and define what we do next to design an estate fit for the future. All three options are financially viable and would bring much-needed additional housing into the area. 

“The consultation launched over the weekend in the heart of the Estate and will continue until 23 October. During this time there are 15 drop-in sessions, including specific events for those with English as a second language and vulnerable residents. To capture as many views as possible, we’re also running an online survey, with hard copies available on the estate and at the events.

“After the consultation period closes, we’ll analyse your feedback, shape the plans and come to a preferred option. This preferred option will then go to our Growth Committee in March 2017 for a decision. My hope is that those affected by the regeneration come to a drop-in, fill out a survey and tell us what you think. Kingston’s future is being planned now. Help shape it, be part of it and be proud of it.” 

To find out more and have your say, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/CRERegen or the Housing Office, 5 - 8 Tadlow on the Cambridge Road Estate to pick up a copy of the survey. Consultation closes on 23 October 2016. 

Notes to editors
CREst is the Cambridge Road Estates Community Group.