New Build Council Housing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How are the new Council houses being funded?
These developments are being funded through Housing Revenue Account borrowing and  ‘Right to Buy’ receipts. 'Right to Buy' receipts are where the government has allowed local authorities to use a proportion of the monies received from the sale of Council housing to help fund the construction of new council housing stock, subject to specific restrictions.  

Why are Sutton Council only now building new Council houses?
Since 2012 Central Government have given councils more flexibility to finance build programmes through local authority Housing Revenue Accounts as well as a proportion of ‘Right to Buy’ receipts.

Why have these three sites been chosen?
There is a real need for additional social housing with these sites being the first to be developed in over 20 years. Sutton Council has been looking at a range of sites across the borough to develop. These are the first of the sites identified that have been taken forward.

How do I apply to rent any of these council houses or flats? 
Within the borough, Council housing is allocated through Sutton HomeChoice. Shortly before completion, these rental properties will be advertised on the website and households registered on the council waiting list can apply, properties are then allocated to the household categorised as high priority. Please click on the link for more information on applying and bidding for social housing.

On a daily basis, when will building work take place? 
Building work will take place between the hours of 8.00am to 6.00pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 8.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays. At no time will work be carried out on Sundays or Bank Holidays. 
To minimise disruption during school drop-off and pick-up times, deliveries are not planned between 8.30am to 9.30am or between 3.00pm to 4.00pm.