Council houses to be built in Sutton for first time since 1980s

Sutton Guardian: Sutton Council is also planning to set up so-called 'housing zones' - a project set up by the Greater London Assembly (GLA) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Sutton Council is also planning to set up so-called 'housing zones' - a project set up by the Greater London Assembly (GLA) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Council houses are to be built in Sutton for the first time since 1989 after the council agreed a pioneering new strategy.

In a bid to create more affordable housing for families, promote economic growth and investment in the borough, Sutton Council is to set up its own house building company with an aim to build council homes.

The plan was revealed at a meeting of the council's strategy and resources committee last night.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, leader of Sutton Council, said: "This is one of the most exciting reports to  come before this committee in a long time.

"The last time we built housing was in 1989.

"We don't need lots more expensive studio flats - we need family homes.

"This is a highly exciting opportunity. It gives us the chance to provide the sort of housing our residents need.

"Housing is key to reducing inequalities and making sure everyone has equal opportunities in life."

Sutton Council will be one of the first authorities in the country to set up its own housing company when the plans go ahead.

The project will be funded through money made from the right-to-buy housing scheme, through which the council sold 100 homes in the last two years, and through borrowing.

The council is also planning to set up so-called 'housing zones' - a project set up by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Housing zones are local authority-run areas designed to accommodate a minimum of 1,000 homes in order to qualify for funding from the GLA.

The council is looking at using sites in Sutton town centre and Hackbridge to constitute a housing zone.

The plans met approval from both Liberal Democrat and Conservative Councillors at last night's meeting, although councillors did stress the importance of making sure the buildings are of good quality.

Coun Simon Wales (Lib Dem, Sutton West) said: "I sure there will be safeguards as to the quality of these houses, we just need to make sure this happens.

"Not long ago Roundshaw [the estate in Wallington] was seen as the answer to our problems."

Councillors also asked if Sutton Housing Partnership would be managing the homes, as it does with Sutton's current housing stock.

The councillors were told that no decision had been made on who will manage the homes.

What do you think of the plans? Does Sutton need more council housing? Leave your comments below or write us a letter by emailing letters@suttonguardian.co.uk.

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1:41pm Tue 8 Jul 14

LiberalsOut says...

Something to be proud of - first new houses since 1989 !!!!
What have you been doing in between times ?
Rather than waste millions of £'s on pet projects such as the Life Centre, homes could have been built over the last 25 years
It is no good complaining about the number of flats, when Sutton Council would have given the necessary planning permission for them to be built
A building company run by the Council (any Council) is a disaster waiting to happen - we know that Government and Council projects rarely offer the tax payer value for money
At least once built it will get the "transient" population out of Oakleigh the former old peoples home the Council want to push ahead with in Benhill Avenue
Something to be proud of - first new houses since 1989 !!!! What have you been doing in between times ? Rather than waste millions of £'s on pet projects such as the Life Centre, homes could have been built over the last 25 years It is no good complaining about the number of flats, when Sutton Council would have given the necessary planning permission for them to be built A building company run by the Council (any Council) is a disaster waiting to happen - we know that Government and Council projects rarely offer the tax payer value for money At least once built it will get the "transient" population out of Oakleigh the former old peoples home the Council want to push ahead with in Benhill Avenue LiberalsOut
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Niki R says...

I'd suggest they get the appalling SHP repairs service in order and get Rydon up to the required standards before launching a building initiative.
I'd suggest they get the appalling SHP repairs service in order and get Rydon up to the required standards before launching a building initiative. Niki R
  • Score: 12

3:49pm Tue 8 Jul 14

theavengers says...

And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.
And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer. theavengers
  • Score: 39

5:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

LeslieCB says...

So, it is funded by selling the existing houses at below market value and using the money to build new houses and borrowing to fund the difference (ie. the money that council tax payers have lost on the sales)

How about the people in those houses at market rates like most people have to so that there is no loss made by tax payers and the council does not have to borrow any money?

Or even, if the tenants can afford to buy a house, they buy one on the open market, like everyone else has to, and let someone else take over the existing council house, saving the council having to build houses again and again.
So, it is funded by selling the existing houses at below market value and using the money to build new houses and borrowing to fund the difference (ie. the money that council tax payers have lost on the sales) How about the people in those houses at market rates like most people have to so that there is no loss made by tax payers and the council does not have to borrow any money? Or even, if the tenants can afford to buy a house, they buy one on the open market, like everyone else has to, and let someone else take over the existing council house, saving the council having to build houses again and again. LeslieCB
  • Score: 5

7:16pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Sutton16 says...

Brilliant but if you are hard working local people who don't just sit on their arses, please explain what benefit this will be to us ???? We have to struggle to pay rent/mortgage because we are proud people that work hard to look after our family.
Brilliant but if you are hard working local people who don't just sit on their arses, please explain what benefit this will be to us ???? We have to struggle to pay rent/mortgage because we are proud people that work hard to look after our family. Sutton16
  • Score: 30

12:48am Wed 9 Jul 14

Sutton Mum says...

theavengers wrote:
And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.
Why lump single mothers with "druggies"?

Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really.
[quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.[/p][/quote]Why lump single mothers with "druggies"? Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really. Sutton Mum
  • Score: 14

4:19am Wed 9 Jul 14

exumab@hotmail.com says...

"Housing is key to reducing inequalities and making sure everyone has equal opportunities in life." Ponder those words very carefully."Sutton Council is to set up its own house building company with an aim to build council homes. Isn't that a conflict of interests? 1000 homes! That about 4,000 people considered to be suffering "Inequalities" being introduced to Sutton. This is nothing more or less than the impending creation of "Benefits Street Sutton" Any idea what that will do to property values?
Something wicked this way comes!
"Housing is key to reducing inequalities and making sure everyone has equal opportunities in life." Ponder those words very carefully."Sutton Council is to set up its own house building company with an aim to build council homes. Isn't that a conflict of interests? 1000 homes! That about 4,000 people considered to be suffering "Inequalities" being introduced to Sutton. This is nothing more or less than the impending creation of "Benefits Street Sutton" Any idea what that will do to property values? Something wicked this way comes! exumab@hotmail.com
  • Score: 3

8:10am Wed 9 Jul 14

LiberalsOut says...

Sutton Mum wrote:
theavengers wrote:
And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.
Why lump single mothers with "druggies"?

Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really.
Who had a child with the "feckless absent parent" in the first place ?
Make them pay for your children not those of us who get our priorities right and end up paying for the mistakes others make
[quote][p][bold]Sutton Mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.[/p][/quote]Why lump single mothers with "druggies"? Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really.[/p][/quote]Who had a child with the "feckless absent parent" in the first place ? Make them pay for your children not those of us who get our priorities right and end up paying for the mistakes others make LiberalsOut
  • Score: 13

9:14am Wed 9 Jul 14

Workinghard1 says...

Affordable council housing? Who for ? Certainly not for working people/families. The council policy is to house people with medical conditions drug/alchol problems eu migrants and anyone else who doesnt work. My son was on the council waiting list for 8 years in that time he got to position 2 only then to be told we have changed our policy your off the list! Why? Because you work so therefore you can rent privately. Yes he saved a bit in that time not enough for a deposit to buy but just enough to put a deposit for private renting but is now left with nothing at the end of each month when bils are paid. No money for haircuts clothes etc. It makes my blood boil that people that work are not entitled to affordable housing! If he dumped his job and started drinking and was depressed they'd house him and the way things are going thats what will happen with thousands of people because as he sometimes says whats the point? Working 40 hours a week and having nothing at the end of it.I am not saying others are not entitled to be on the council waiting list most are in genuine need, but give working people a chance at affordable rents too!
Affordable council housing? Who for ? Certainly not for working people/families. The council policy is to house people with medical conditions drug/alchol problems eu migrants and anyone else who doesnt work. My son was on the council waiting list for 8 years in that time he got to position 2 only then to be told we have changed our policy your off the list! Why? Because you work so therefore you can rent privately. Yes he saved a bit in that time not enough for a deposit to buy but just enough to put a deposit for private renting but is now left with nothing at the end of each month when bils are paid. No money for haircuts clothes etc. It makes my blood boil that people that work are not entitled to affordable housing! If he dumped his job and started drinking and was depressed they'd house him and the way things are going thats what will happen with thousands of people because as he sometimes says whats the point? Working 40 hours a week and having nothing at the end of it.I am not saying others are not entitled to be on the council waiting list most are in genuine need, but give working people a chance at affordable rents too! Workinghard1
  • Score: 17

11:01am Wed 9 Jul 14

tjames says...

i see a financial disaster in the making--and council taxpayers will pay--this scheme should be blocked--all borrowing is underwritten by taxpayers--not the council staff
i see a financial disaster in the making--and council taxpayers will pay--this scheme should be blocked--all borrowing is underwritten by taxpayers--not the council staff tjames
  • Score: 5

11:17am Wed 9 Jul 14

Sandy46 says...

Please please please, no more houses in Sutton town centre, every lamp post you pass has a planning permission notice on it for more flats houses etc, there is no room in local schools as it is! And as for trying to get a doctors appointment? the borough is large enough to build houses somewhere else. In years to come our lovely town centre will be a ghetto.
Too overcrowded!
Please please please, no more houses in Sutton town centre, every lamp post you pass has a planning permission notice on it for more flats houses etc, there is no room in local schools as it is! And as for trying to get a doctors appointment? the borough is large enough to build houses somewhere else. In years to come our lovely town centre will be a ghetto. Too overcrowded! Sandy46
  • Score: 12

11:58am Wed 9 Jul 14

Niki R says...

LiberalsOut wrote:
Sutton Mum wrote:
theavengers wrote:
And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.
Why lump single mothers with "druggies"?

Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really.
Who had a child with the "feckless absent parent" in the first place ?
Make them pay for your children not those of us who get our priorities right and end up paying for the mistakes others make
What a disgusting attitude. People end up as sole parent for many reasons, such as bereavement, violence or a partner's infidelity (none of which are the fault of the one left holding the baby, so to speak.) As a former single mum who was housed by the local authority but who worked for much of the time I was raising my children alone, I find your comments spiteful, ill-informed and offensive.
[quote][p][bold]LiberalsOut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sutton Mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.[/p][/quote]Why lump single mothers with "druggies"? Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really.[/p][/quote]Who had a child with the "feckless absent parent" in the first place ? Make them pay for your children not those of us who get our priorities right and end up paying for the mistakes others make[/p][/quote]What a disgusting attitude. People end up as sole parent for many reasons, such as bereavement, violence or a partner's infidelity (none of which are the fault of the one left holding the baby, so to speak.) As a former single mum who was housed by the local authority but who worked for much of the time I was raising my children alone, I find your comments spiteful, ill-informed and offensive. Niki R
  • Score: 12

2:09pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Krissi says...

yes- I agree with you Niki R single parents are often not so by choice- who chooses all the worry and struggle to give a child the best when you have to do it all on your own- I know a couple of single parents who hardly see their children because they have to work two jobs just to cover their expenses let alone have 'luxuries' we would take for granted - like sweets cakes or biscuits for example- ok they aren't a good example as they are unhealthy choices- but having to not eat yourself so your child has things they need are choices I also have seen made by people in that situation and I won't even mention the benefit system as it would penalise anyone sensible enough to have money put aside for bills or home repairs
yes- I agree with you Niki R single parents are often not so by choice- who chooses all the worry and struggle to give a child the best when you have to do it all on your own- I know a couple of single parents who hardly see their children because they have to work two jobs just to cover their expenses let alone have 'luxuries' we would take for granted - like sweets cakes or biscuits for example- ok they aren't a good example as they are unhealthy choices- but having to not eat yourself so your child has things they need are choices I also have seen made by people in that situation and I won't even mention the benefit system as it would penalise anyone sensible enough to have money put aside for bills or home repairs Krissi
  • Score: 2

10:06pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Wait right there says...

Finally the local council gets to use the right to buy money. Until now it went to central government to waste on wars in iraq
Finally the local council gets to use the right to buy money. Until now it went to central government to waste on wars in iraq Wait right there
  • Score: 3

11:14pm Wed 9 Jul 14

frandy says...

That's funny as I'm sure that Iona close in sutton was built in 2000 as they sold off school land to build this mini close
That's funny as I'm sure that Iona close in sutton was built in 2000 as they sold off school land to build this mini close frandy
  • Score: 1

12:53am Thu 10 Jul 14

debs007 says...

Krissi wrote:
yes- I agree with you Niki R single parents are often not so by choice- who chooses all the worry and struggle to give a child the best when you have to do it all on your own- I know a couple of single parents who hardly see their children because they have to work two jobs just to cover their expenses let alone have 'luxuries' we would take for granted - like sweets cakes or biscuits for example- ok they aren't a good example as they are unhealthy choices- but having to not eat yourself so your child has things they need are choices I also have seen made by people in that situation and I won't even mention the benefit system as it would penalise anyone sensible enough to have money put aside for bills or home repairs
I agree that the single parents should not be targeted when single thru divorce, bereavement etc. but Sutton as are many places in the UK today full of single mums who have no intention of working who are unemployable, children having children, no life skills to impart to their offspring & think that life evolves round a fag in one hand & a sausage roll from Greggs in the other, whilst the rest of us have to pay for them. I don't know what the answer is but it is about time people took responsibility for their own actions. I did not have children until I could afford it & was old enough & mature enough to be able to be a responsible parent. I have always worked and begrudge paying for the likes of those who have never worked through choice. However my heart goes out to those single mums or dads who struggle to bring up children due to losing a partner, divorce etc. as for those who continue to breed for the sake of breeding to avoid working & get their council home....to quote Jeremy Kyle...'Put something on the end of it!'
[quote][p][bold]Krissi[/bold] wrote: yes- I agree with you Niki R single parents are often not so by choice- who chooses all the worry and struggle to give a child the best when you have to do it all on your own- I know a couple of single parents who hardly see their children because they have to work two jobs just to cover their expenses let alone have 'luxuries' we would take for granted - like sweets cakes or biscuits for example- ok they aren't a good example as they are unhealthy choices- but having to not eat yourself so your child has things they need are choices I also have seen made by people in that situation and I won't even mention the benefit system as it would penalise anyone sensible enough to have money put aside for bills or home repairs[/p][/quote]I agree that the single parents should not be targeted when single thru divorce, bereavement etc. but Sutton as are many places in the UK today full of single mums who have no intention of working who are unemployable, children having children, no life skills to impart to their offspring & think that life evolves round a fag in one hand & a sausage roll from Greggs in the other, whilst the rest of us have to pay for them. I don't know what the answer is but it is about time people took responsibility for their own actions. I did not have children until I could afford it & was old enough & mature enough to be able to be a responsible parent. I have always worked and begrudge paying for the likes of those who have never worked through choice. However my heart goes out to those single mums or dads who struggle to bring up children due to losing a partner, divorce etc. as for those who continue to breed for the sake of breeding to avoid working & get their council home....to quote Jeremy Kyle...'Put something on the end of it!' debs007
  • Score: 7

12:14am Fri 11 Jul 14

rivacrelad says...

Oh that's great news, more council houses. That means more druggies, low life's, foreigners and unemployed will be moving in. God help the hard working people who actually need and deserve them.
Oh that's great news, more council houses. That means more druggies, low life's, foreigners and unemployed will be moving in. God help the hard working people who actually need and deserve them. rivacrelad
  • Score: 4

11:00am Fri 11 Jul 14

Sutton Mum says...

LiberalsOut wrote:
Sutton Mum wrote:
theavengers wrote:
And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.
Why lump single mothers with "druggies"?

Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really.
Who had a child with the "feckless absent parent" in the first place ?
Make them pay for your children not those of us who get our priorities right and end up paying for the mistakes others make
You are so il-informed, it beggars belief.

My priorities are right. As a single parent, not through choice may I add, I work a 50 hour week to support my family. I don't sponge, I work very very hard, I don't have any financial gain from the Government, partially so that idiots like you can't think I'm the lowest of the low. Lesson learned. Some people are too stupid to see beyond the end of their noses.
[quote][p][bold]LiberalsOut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sutton Mum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theavengers[/bold] wrote: And only given to out of work single mums, druggies, those from the EU, and never for hard working families...we can't even get on the list. We will always have to pay private rents and suffer.[/p][/quote]Why lump single mothers with "druggies"? Single parents (not just mothers) are single for a reason. They raise their children, in the absence of the feckless absent parent, and yet they are the ones being criticised. Unbelievable really.[/p][/quote]Who had a child with the "feckless absent parent" in the first place ? Make them pay for your children not those of us who get our priorities right and end up paying for the mistakes others make[/p][/quote]You are so il-informed, it beggars belief. My priorities are right. As a single parent, not through choice may I add, I work a 50 hour week to support my family. I don't sponge, I work very very hard, I don't have any financial gain from the Government, partially so that idiots like you can't think I'm the lowest of the low. Lesson learned. Some people are too stupid to see beyond the end of their noses. Sutton Mum
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Wed 16 Jul 14

moonie77 says...

Sutton has already gone downhill in recent years and I for one cant wait for the day I move out of this dump. When you see the degenerates in the high street, it makes my blood run cold- this is a place i certainly didnt envisage bringing my child up. Lets hope that SHP dont get the run of the new homes- as they cant look after the ones they already have- Look at Chaucer House - in the guardian again this week and Sutton Court. Estates that have problems with anti social behaviour, drugs, violence etc etc. Yet SHP choose to not do anything to help the estates that they have already- no security doors, no CCTV, nothing at all. I know some people on both estates and most of them are nice and decent folk that work- but there are also druggies with anti social behavior that dont work and choose to spend their benefits on alcohol and drugs-, knocking out kid after kid after kid- that lets the estates down - both these groups are council tenants and private renters. I privately rent and I want out of this slum but have been told by estate agents that i have to earn £35,000 and above to rent a property of a value of £1000 pcm!!! Its a joke- and I work. Its like the Hotel California.......onc
e you're in , you cant leave. Shame SHP just dont care about these properties. I think its time that these homes were given to hard working families that choose to work to better their lives for themselves and their families that have to struggle daily to make ends meet rather than giving them away to white british scum that think they are owed everything because they cant be bothered to go and get a job so just sit around drinking, smoking drugs and everything else, yet will moan that immigrants are taking their jobs- get off your tracksuit and thin leggings backsides and get a job then- this makes me so angry that cheap housing is given to cheap degenerates. This country is messed up.
Sutton has already gone downhill in recent years and I for one cant wait for the day I move out of this dump. When you see the degenerates in the high street, it makes my blood run cold- this is a place i certainly didnt envisage bringing my child up. Lets hope that SHP dont get the run of the new homes- as they cant look after the ones they already have- Look at Chaucer House - in the guardian again this week and Sutton Court. Estates that have problems with anti social behaviour, drugs, violence etc etc. Yet SHP choose to not do anything to help the estates that they have already- no security doors, no CCTV, nothing at all. I know some people on both estates and most of them are nice and decent folk that work- but there are also druggies with anti social behavior that dont work and choose to spend their benefits on alcohol and drugs-, knocking out kid after kid after kid- that lets the estates down - both these groups are council tenants and private renters. I privately rent and I want out of this slum but have been told by estate agents that i have to earn £35,000 and above to rent a property of a value of £1000 pcm!!! Its a joke- and I work. Its like the Hotel California.......onc e you're in , you cant leave. Shame SHP just dont care about these properties. I think its time that these homes were given to hard working families that choose to work to better their lives for themselves and their families that have to struggle daily to make ends meet rather than giving them away to white british scum that think they are owed everything because they cant be bothered to go and get a job so just sit around drinking, smoking drugs and everything else, yet will moan that immigrants are taking their jobs- get off your tracksuit and thin leggings backsides and get a job then- this makes me so angry that cheap housing is given to cheap degenerates. This country is messed up. moonie77
  • Score: 0
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