Building the new homes Sutton needs

27 Oct 2023

Sutton Council has launched a search for a partner to build 300 new homes in the heart of Sutton town centre, including new council homes. 

The Council is seeking a partner to redevelop the existing Elm Grove housing estate between Sutton High Street and Throwley Way. The scheme will be located next to another key council project at Northern Gateway, opposite Asda, which will provide new high-street premises for the Sutton College adult education centre and 22 additional council homes.

The move is a key part of the Council’s ambitious plans to transform the town centre. This past month alone has seen the opening of co-working space Oru Sutton in the High Street to the public, and works start at the Northern Gateway site.

Elm Grove currently has 73 homes. It was built in the 1970s and residents have had long-standing issues with anti-social behaviour and fly tipping, the lack of lifts and green space, as well as overcrowding. The new housing development will include:

high-quality, affordable homes in a sustainable, mixed-tenure community
up to 300 new homes for existing and new residents across a range of unit sizes, including 1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms. 
private external space - balcony or garden - and access to new communal courtyards and play space for residents only. 
public realm improvements, as well as more trees, lighting and planting in Elm Grove.
new routes for local residents connecting the High Street and Throwley Way.  

79% of residents voted in favour of the plans to redevelop Elm Grove in March 2022 and works are scheduled to start in May 2025. All existing eligible residents choosing to stay on the estate will be offered a new home.

The selected development partner will be expected to undertake development which meets the Council’s objectives to create a vibrant and sustainable town centre with great culture, food, shopping, modern flexible working spaces and new, energy-efficient homes alongside improvements to the public realm and biodiversity. 

Councillor David Bartolucci, Chair of Sutton Council’s Housing, Economy & Business Committee, said:

“In response to Sutton residents' need for new affordable homes, quality and affordable housing is one of our Council’s top priorities. Our new council homes have already won recognition for their innovative design and sustainability standards.

“The Elm Grove development will be right next to one of the Council’s key regeneration sites with exciting plans there for a new adult education building and new council homes at the northern end of the High Street.

“Sutton is a great and exciting place to invest in and create the sustainable jobs and homes our residents deserve and want. To take this vision forward, we’re now looking for an experienced development partner who shares our goal to deliver a stand-out scheme that truly represents the aspirations of our residents on Elm Grove at the heart of Sutton Town Centre.”