Sutton Town Centre Heritage Action Zone (HAZ)

The Sutton Town Centre Heritage Action Zone (Sutton HAZ) partnership, launched in April 2017, will see Historic England, London Borough of Sutton, Successful Sutton Business Improvement District (BID) and Carshalton and District History and Archaeological Society (CADHAS) work together over three years (2017-2020) to deliver a series of projects that will support local heritage to promote economic growth in Sutton Town Centre.

Getting involved

We are keen to hear about your ideas on any projects that may interest you and if you or the organisation you represent wish to get involved. We will seeking to broaden the project based partnership, looking for volunteers and bid for further funding opportunities.

Please contact us at opportunitysutton@sutton.gov.uk with your contact details and the relevant project lead officer will respond to your query.

Background

Sutton Town Centre is experiencing unprecedented levels of growth and the Council has set out our vision in the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan (July 2016). Sutton Council recognises the Town Centre heritage assets as a catalyst to help support economic growth and social vitality of its Metropolitan Town Centre. It was felt necessary that to support the future growth there is a need to enhance Sutton’s local distinctiveness and manage its unique identity.

The Sutton HAZ boundary reflects the Town Centre planning policy designation and covers the same geographical area defined in the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan. However, Sutton HAZ programme includes a number of projects where the wider community and businesses will be actively encouraged to participate.

The High Street Crossroads Conservation Area, which covers a small proportion of the Town Centre boundary, is increasingly under development pressure and identified as ‘Heritage at Risk’, while other locally significant groups of buildings identified in the Masterplan currently do not benefit from any statutory protection.

The planned growth programme for Sutton and potential impact on heritage assets demand a robust research and evidence of understanding the heritage significance in order to inform heritage priorities and positively manage change on major redevelopment sites.

These factors are leading to a deterioration of Sutton’s distinctive local character, parts of which are designated as a conservation area, which contains nationally and locally significant historic buildings. The town centre is also experiencing an unprecedented level of growth that threatens the special local character and other heritage assets. As a consequence of these threats, the High Street Crossroads Conservation Area is on Historic England’s 'Heritage at Risk' Register.

Sutton HAZ Objectives

1. Use the Town Centre heritage assets as a catalyst to support economic growth, developing the distinctive identity and social vitality of this Metropolitan Town Centre.  

2. Ensure effective management of heritage assets putting heritage at the heart of delivering sustainable growth.

3. Use the HAZ to galvanise a partnership and secure commitment from all stakeholders to champion the special character of the area.

4. Achieve a better understanding of the value and role of local heritage with innovative and participatory engagement tools with residents and businesses to reinforce a sense of place.

What will be happening this year?

Sutton HAZ Partnership Team will meet quarterly and will be attended by Sutton Town Centre Heritage Champion, Councillor Steve Penneck and representatives from the partner organisations.

The following projects are planned for 2017-18:

Research: To understand how Sutton has grown and developed, we'll carry out a Historic Area Assessment to underpin other work for the HAZ project. The study area for this slightly broader than the Town Centre boundary and includes adjacent neighbourhoods.

Archaeology: We'll review our archaeological records to determine the potential for new and exciting discoveries. This project will be progressed in partnership with CADHAS.

Listing: List descriptions will be improved to support the planning process and opportunities for new listings will be sought (at a national, and local, level). Listing is led by Historic England.

Conservation area: Through a Partnership in Conservation Area grant from Historic England, a programme of building enhancement works will go ahead, working in partnership with Sutton Borough Council, local shop owners and local landowners.

Events: A number of events will be held exploring Sutton's heritage, and how this can inform good growth, for those who live, work and visit Sutton.

Over the next few months, Sutton HAZ Partnership Team will commence the initial work and confirm the scope, contents and timing of the above projects; these will be shared on the Sutton Council website and publicised on the Council’s social media.

Further information

Historic England - Discovering Sutton Heritage Action Zone

Sutton Newsroom - Sutton town centre gains Heritage Action Zone status

YouTube - Sutton town centre gains Heritage Action Zone status

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