Council sets ambitious new design standards for future buildings in Sutton

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Published Friday, 10th January 2020

Future building projects in Sutton will need to enhance the character of the local area and protect Sutton Town Centre’s status as London's first Heritage Action Zone under plans agreed by the Council

As part of Sutton’s ambition to ensure that the physical environment is improved for all residents, the Council has launched a new public realm design guide and extended the appointment of a design review panel at a meeting of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee.

The public realm design guide will provide advice for developers on improving public spaces around Sutton Town Centre. The review panel will provide independent advice to developers on design issues to meet the Council’s high expectations set out in its Local Plan. 

The two initiatives will be key as Sutton Town Centre undergoes significant change over the next fifteen years. The Sutton Local Plan, which sets out the planning strategy and policies for the borough until 2031, identified 41 sites for development within the Town Centre.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, Chair of Sutton’s Housing, Economy and Business Committee, said:

“The public realm design guide and design review panel support our ambitions to ensure that new development in Sutton is of the highest standard possible and contribute to a better living environment for all.

“In particular, we want to ensure our town centre is age-friendly and family-friendly, as well as celebrating and protecting our local heritage.”

The Committee also considered reports on:

-Help for residents to pay their council tax (Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme)
-Performance of the Council’s housing management provider, Sutton Housing Partnership 
-A review of homelessness in the borough

The meeting reports are available on the council website.