Sutton town centre gateway project the Old Gasworks given go-ahead

Sutton Guardian: The redevelopment includes a new Sainsbury's supermarket and 186 new homes The redevelopment includes a new Sainsbury's supermarket and 186 new homes

A multi-million pound project to give Sutton Town Centre a landmark gateway has been given the green light.

Councillors gave planning permission for the Old Gasworks Project - a plan to build a brand new tower block, a supermarket and a public square on the site of the gas holders and Zurich tower at the north end of the High Street - at a meeting last night.

Sutton Guardian:

LXB plans to completely develop the site by getting rid of the old gas holders, decontaminating the land, demolishing other buildings on the site and building a Sainsbury's supermarket, a public square featuring trees, water features and 186 houses in several blocks including an 11-storey tower.

Although councillors expressed reservations about the lack of so-called affordable or social housing in the project, it was given planning permission in a landslide vote last night.

Giles Haywood of LXB told the meeting: "This is the result of three years of consultation and we're delighted with the progress we've made over that time.

"It's a high quality scheme and it will raise the profile of Sutton and a place to live, work and spend leisure time.

"Our proposal offers a one-off opportunity to unlock the site and provide a development Sutton can be proud of."

Sutton Council leader Ruth Dombey, whose ward the application falls in, also spoke at the meeting and referenced the fact that the project does not include social housing She said: "It may not be perfect but, in an imperfect world, it's the best we're going to get.

"Personally I'm proud to live and work in Sutton and I believe this is an opportunity to provide a gateway entrance to the town of the high standard we would expect."

The meeting heard that the difficulties raised by having to decontaminate the land would make certain aspects of the project and precluded building an underground car park meaning shoppers at the supermarket will park on ground level before travelling up a travelator to the shop.


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2:07pm Thu 19 Dec 13

ResidentTony says...

Good news.
Good news. ResidentTony
  • Score: 31

9:43pm Thu 19 Dec 13

GreenBrown says...

Public square = Good news
Yet another supermarket = Bad news
Yet more flats and high rise buildings = bad news
Capitulation to greedy developers over affordable housing = Bad news
Increased traffic and queuing because of extra people = Bad news

Landmark gateway, really! Those buildings look like every other new build in every other town around the country. It does suit today's Sutton though...No class.
Public square = Good news Yet another supermarket = Bad news Yet more flats and high rise buildings = bad news Capitulation to greedy developers over affordable housing = Bad news Increased traffic and queuing because of extra people = Bad news Landmark gateway, really! Those buildings look like every other new build in every other town around the country. It does suit today's Sutton though...No class. GreenBrown
  • Score: -17

10:55pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Central-Sutton-resident says...

A great result and needed redevelopment for north sutton
A great result and needed redevelopment for north sutton Central-Sutton-resident
  • Score: 23

2:20am Fri 20 Dec 13

SuttonResident33 says...

Glad to hear they are choosing to make the block of flats for professionals only and not allocating a percentage to social housing tenants. Other blocks in the area has seen cannabis use, criminal damage in them!
Glad to hear they are choosing to make the block of flats for professionals only and not allocating a percentage to social housing tenants. Other blocks in the area has seen cannabis use, criminal damage in them! SuttonResident33
  • Score: 20

10:37am Fri 20 Dec 13

Niki R says...

More private housing and office space to sit unlet at a time when the Borough desperately needs affordable and social housing to be built- plain stupid. Good decision to redevelop, bad that the less affluent in the area are excluded.
More private housing and office space to sit unlet at a time when the Borough desperately needs affordable and social housing to be built- plain stupid. Good decision to redevelop, bad that the less affluent in the area are excluded. Niki R
  • Score: -16

1:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Belmont_Lady_49 says...

Although I rarely venture as far north as where this development will be, I think it's fairly obvious that it's a jolly good thing it's going to be built. That part of Sutton isn't great at the moment but clearly has lots of potential - which this development, I think, will allow to flourish.
Although I rarely venture as far north as where this development will be, I think it's fairly obvious that it's a jolly good thing it's going to be built. That part of Sutton isn't great at the moment but clearly has lots of potential - which this development, I think, will allow to flourish. Belmont_Lady_49
  • Score: 21

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