Dates set for residents’ ballot to decide the future of the Cambridge Road Estate

Between 24 February-18 March 2020, residents will vote to decide whether the estate should be regenerated to deliver new high-quality, ‘greener’ homes that will take us into the future.

The ballot — a first for the borough — comes after many months working alongside the estate’s residents. Since the preparation of the initial design brief in 2017, with support from Kingston Council and developer Countryside, residents have helped shape the ideas and plans for homes, parks, play areas and community spaces.

The current homes and community areas on the estate were designed and built more than 50 years ago, and as many of the residents have told us, times have changed and it's time the homes and estate did too.

The new plans for the estate have been shaped with the input of residents and will benefit thousands of future residents for generations to come.

There will be approximately 2,000 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, 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.

Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council said: 

“All our residents deserve the best homes and I don’t believe people living on the estate currently have that.

“The ballot on whether to regenerate the homes and spaces of the Cambridge Road Estate is an opportunity to deliver the warm, safe and quality homes our residents deserve. Refurbishment cannot address the fundamental problems with the homes, buildings and design of the space. Nothing else comes close to providing the long-term benefits that regeneration can deliver.

“I don't believe that we’ll have the chance again to increase residents’ standard of living and offer them the opportunity to shape where they live, improve their green spaces, homes and facilities. We don’t want to miss this opportunity.

“We are a community in Kingston. This is an opportunity to regenerate Cambridge Road Estate and put it at the heart of our community. We’re committed to ensuring residents of the estate have the ultimate say on their future — that time has now come.”

Daniel King, Managing Director, Partnerships West London, Countryside, said: 

“We would like to thank the residents of the Cambridge Road Estate for the level of engagement with our proposals so far, which has been invaluable. We are committed to continuing a close relationship with the local community and the council to ensure that this project delivers high-quality new homes, public spaces and local amenities that serve the needs of existing residents and the wider community.”

The ballot will be run independently by Civica Election Services (CES), (formerly known as the Electoral Reform Society). It will run from 24 February until 18 March 2020 and is open to eligible residents of the estate only. Voting eligibility is set out by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as follows. 

  • Current social tenants (council or housing association) with secure, assured or introductory tenancies. 

  • Named leaseholders or freeholders who have lived in their home for 12 months. 

  • Other residents, living on the Cambridge Road Estate who have been named applicants on the housing register for 12 months.

CES will post an official confirmation letter to announce the result approximately one week after the close of voting on 18 March 2020.

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