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Why Sutton

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About Sutton

What's happening?


Home to almost 200,000 residents, the London Borough of Sutton boasts a wide range of factors that underpin its high desirability as a place to live, work and invest.

Sutton is located in south-west London, and forms part of Outer London, bordering Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Surrey. It is a well connected borough situated in Zone 5, and is less than 30 minutes by train from central London, and south and south west London are easily accessible by public transport. There are 10 train stations which serve key neighbourhoods within the borough providing direct connections to London Victoria, London Bridge, London Blackfriars and St Pancras International. Sutton also has direct rail connections with Epsom, Dorking, Guildford and Horsham, as well as Wimbledon for an interchange with the London Underground and West Croydon for the London Overground. Gatwick and Heathrow airports can be reached easily within 30 and 60 minutes, respectively, and there is an extensive road network which provides close and easy access to the M25 and M23.

Main Civic Offices: St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 2EA

Environment, Housing & Regeneration Offices: 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, SM5 2JG

Some council staff work at various other locations around the borough.

About Sutton

Sutton has plenty of high quality housing which is relatively affordable by London standards and the fifth highest owner occupancy rate in Greater London.

Village feel

Being an outer south London borough, Sutton enjoys being in close proximity to central London and the serenity of Surrey. There are seven district centres in Sutton, many of which retain a ‘village’ atmosphere not seen in central London.

Outstanding green spaces

Sutton boasts over 1,500 acres of open space and the largest regional park outside of central London. The Council’s 2015 MORI survey revealed that 80% of residents regularly use Sutton’s parks, with 82% expressing satisfaction with them.

Skilled workforce

Sutton has a highly trained workforce with over 40% of working age residents holding a degree level qualification or higher. Every four in five Sutton residents aged between 16 and 64 are economically active – higher than the London and national average.

High achieving schools

Sutton is renowned for its high educational attainment, with the latest statistics showing 17.4% more young people attaining 5 A*-C grades at GCSE and 22.1% of young people attaining A*-A grades at A Level. These place Sutton schools in second and third place nationally for educational attainment.

A safe borough

Sutton has a track record of low crime rates and is the third safest borough in London.

Vibrant business sector

Home to over 6,800 businesses, businesses of all sizes and sectors have chosen Sutton as their business base. Since 2009, the number of new business start ups has almost doubled and Sutton has the highest one- and two-year business survival rates in outer south London.

Affordable business space

Rateable values for commercial, retail and industrial floorspace in Sutton are competitive with an average of £87, £149 and £64 charged per square metre, respectively.

Designated development sites

There are a significant number of development and investment opportunities across the borough. Sutton currently has over 50 designated development sites in its planning policy, and approximately 150 in its draft Local Plan – of which 47 are in Sutton Town Centre.

Frameworks for investment

Sutton Council is currently refreshing its Local Plan and has developed draft masterplans for Sutton Town Centre and the London Cancer Hub in Belmont to guide inward investment.

Ready for growth

Sutton has the foundations for growth already in place. Beyond a skilled workforce and space to grow, Sutton Council has put commercial innovation and growth at the heart of its plan. From the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network to the Council’s own housing development company, Sutton Living Limited, Sutton Council has a proactive approach to, and is an enabler of, growth.

What's happening?

Sutton is unique and there is much for us to be proud of both as a council and as a borough. Sutton combines a high quality of life – green and spacious, more affordable housing than most of Greater London, distinctive town centres and outstanding schools – with the opportunities presented by the fast-paced growth and access to jobs and culture the capital has to offer. Sutton is well-placed to contribute to London’s success and also benefit from it, realising the potential of the city, the borough and our communities in the process.

Looking ahead, there are plans for the delivery of new homes and new schools and the London Cancer Hub is being developed, whilst the council is also seen as a driving force within the South London Partnership of five outer south west London boroughs focused on strategic growth, regeneration and investment. All of this demonstrates a good track record and an authority that is ambitious and wants things to get even better.