Major redevelopment of Sutton town centre to go ahead with backing from London Mayor Boris Johnson and Government

How the scheme should look when it is finished

How the scheme should look when it is finished

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A multi-million pound redevelopment in Sutton town centre will go ahead after getting backing from Boris Johnson and the Government.

Sutton Council approved plans for a large-scale revamp of the gas holder site at the north end of Sutton High Street in December .

But the plans are so big they require approval from the Greater London Authority, headed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, and the National Planning Casework Unit.

Sutton Guardian:

The scheme aims to rejuvenate the northern part of the town centre

Both organisations have given their backing to the plan and it has now been given the formal go-ahead.

Developer LXB Retail Properties plans to build four separate blocks comprising 186 flats above nine shops including a giant new Sainsbury's supermarket.

It will involve the decommissioning of the disused gas holder site and the demolition of buildings, including the Zurich tower, on the site.

The new development will also feature a public square with water features, trees and seating.

Giles Haywood, Development Surveyor from the developer LXB, said: "We are delighted there has been so much support for our plans and that they are now approved. 

"The scheme will represent a £50m inward investment into Sutton town centre and will create a fantastic new place for people to meet, live, work and shop. 

"The intention is to start demolition and initial site preparation works this spring with completion in early 2016."

Councillor Jayne McCoy added: "This redevelopment scheme will lead to the regeneration of the northern part of the Town Centre and the surrounding area.

"The land will have multiple uses, so it will not only create employment opportunities, but it will provide high quality housing and attract new businesses to Sutton.

"We will work with partners to ensure that the project is successful, and we are committed to ensuring that local residents are consulted and involved at every step."


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2:02pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Central-Sutton-resident says...

Fantastic news to redevelop a particularly deprived part of the town. Looking forward to the work starting !
Fantastic news to redevelop a particularly deprived part of the town. Looking forward to the work starting ! Central-Sutton-resident
  • Score: 17

4:32pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

Good news - this part of Sutton has always had plenty of potential and this development will provide a real boost. Let's hope it starts without delay!
Good news - this part of Sutton has always had plenty of potential and this development will provide a real boost. Let's hope it starts without delay! ResidentTony
  • Score: 44

8:00pm Fri 14 Feb 14

fedupwithofsted says...

This is great news for the north end of Sutton. What has happened to the redevelopment of South Point at Sutton station? That was meant to be a major job but there has been no news for months. Does anyone know if it's still happening?
This is great news for the north end of Sutton. What has happened to the redevelopment of South Point at Sutton station? That was meant to be a major job but there has been no news for months. Does anyone know if it's still happening? fedupwithofsted
  • Score: 31

8:00pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Pizza Burger says...

Fantastic news for Sutton
Fantastic news for Sutton Pizza Burger
  • Score: 36

8:16am Sat 15 Feb 14

AndyLikeGandhi says...

Great news. About time.

I'll bet there's even been parking granted for like, four, maybe five cars...
Great news. About time. I'll bet there's even been parking granted for like, four, maybe five cars... AndyLikeGandhi
  • Score: -24

4:11pm Sat 15 Feb 14

GreenBrown says...

Can't wait for the extra traffic and longer queues in the shops and banks and of course we've only got a Morrisons, Asda, M&S, Icelands, Farm Foods, and a massive Tesco on the By-pass in which to by food, so that Sainsburys is going to be a god send. I've always thought it outrageous that if I want to buy something in Sainburys i've had to travel all the way to Wallington or North Cheam, I mean, that's almost 2 miles, shocking! I always thought Sutton was under populated, this will help towards sorting that out. Some people wonder how crowded a place has to become before it becomes detrimental to peoples well being, but they need not worry, for it is a well known fact that a high density population area makes for a happier and healthier population. Crime rates fall and society works best as everyone gets along and knows one another. Our council and councils up and down the country have been granting planning permission to build flat after flat for years with this in mind. Let us not forget that our hospitals and GP surgeries are practically ghost towns most of the time just waiting for someone to need their services. We've got schools with classrooms at half capacity, more jobs than we know what to do with.....this development and all that will follow can't happen soon enough. Well done Sutton Council and especially the planning department...good job!
Can't wait for the extra traffic and longer queues in the shops and banks and of course we've only got a Morrisons, Asda, M&S, Icelands, Farm Foods, and a massive Tesco on the By-pass in which to by food, so that Sainsburys is going to be a god send. I've always thought it outrageous that if I want to buy something in Sainburys i've had to travel all the way to Wallington or North Cheam, I mean, that's almost 2 miles, shocking! I always thought Sutton was under populated, this will help towards sorting that out. Some people wonder how crowded a place has to become before it becomes detrimental to peoples well being, but they need not worry, for it is a well known fact that a high density population area makes for a happier and healthier population. Crime rates fall and society works best as everyone gets along and knows one another. Our council and councils up and down the country have been granting planning permission to build flat after flat for years with this in mind. Let us not forget that our hospitals and GP surgeries are practically ghost towns most of the time just waiting for someone to need their services. We've got schools with classrooms at half capacity, more jobs than we know what to do with.....this development and all that will follow can't happen soon enough. Well done Sutton Council and especially the planning department...good job! GreenBrown
  • Score: -35

5:35pm Sat 15 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

I suggest GreenBrown moves to Greenland. There's plenty of space there!
I suggest GreenBrown moves to Greenland. There's plenty of space there! ResidentTony
  • Score: 30

12:26pm Sun 16 Feb 14

fedupwithofsted says...

It's amazing how many people prefer wasteland to development on here! And the countryside isn't many miles away either if it's space they crave.
It's amazing how many people prefer wasteland to development on here! And the countryside isn't many miles away either if it's space they crave. fedupwithofsted
  • Score: 17

2:21pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Tubby Jim says...

no doubt there will be room found for the obligitory "Pound Shops/Mobile Phone Shops/Cash Converters,Short term Loan shops/ Estate Agents and as many Betting Shops as possible in this new shiny development?
no doubt there will be room found for the obligitory "Pound Shops/Mobile Phone Shops/Cash Converters,Short term Loan shops/ Estate Agents and as many Betting Shops as possible in this new shiny development? Tubby Jim
  • Score: -10

6:01pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

The sort of person, Tubby Jim, who can afford a luxury apartment in this development will not need a cash converter - Pret a Manger more likely !!
The sort of person, Tubby Jim, who can afford a luxury apartment in this development will not need a cash converter - Pret a Manger more likely !! ResidentTony
  • Score: 15

4:09pm Tue 18 Feb 14

ResidentTony says...

fedupwithofsted wrote:
This is great news for the north end of Sutton. What has happened to the redevelopment of South Point at Sutton station? That was meant to be a major job but there has been no news for months. Does anyone know if it's still happening?
I understand that the South Point development is also going ahead, with work on site starting in the Summer, ie a few months after North Sutton.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwithofsted[/bold] wrote: This is great news for the north end of Sutton. What has happened to the redevelopment of South Point at Sutton station? That was meant to be a major job but there has been no news for months. Does anyone know if it's still happening?[/p][/quote]I understand that the South Point development is also going ahead, with work on site starting in the Summer, ie a few months after North Sutton. ResidentTony
  • Score: 8

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