Wandsworth Councillors have backed plans to build up to 90 new social rent homes on the Battersea Sports Centre site on Hope Street and to develop a new sports centre a short walk away.
Delivering the new housing, say the council, is a “vital first step” in their plan to regnerate the nearby Winstanley and York Road estates. The new Hope Street homes will be used to decant Winstanley and York Road residents in advance of works starting there.
Over the course of the Winstanley and York Road regeneration scheme hundreds of new social rent, affordable and market homes will be built, alongside a new park with outdoor sports and fitness facilities, a new sports and leisure centre, new shops and a new community building and library.
Before the old Battersea Sports Centre is closed a range of new and expanded sports facilities is being provided in the nearby Caius House ‘super youth club’, in Falcon Park , Surrey Lane and at the St John Bosco School .
At the last round of consultation more than 70 per cent of respondents estate residents backed the redevelopment scheme.
Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “We are now a step closer to delivering one of the most ambitious housing estate transformations taking place anywhere in London and it is time to unite behind these plans. The people living here are among the most disadvantaged in the borough and this project will improve the housing they live in and their life chances right across the board. I’m tremendously proud of the work we are doing.
“This project is great news for Battersea as a whole and will create a much more welcoming, attractive neighborhood. It comes with vast improvements local sports and leisure facilities which will far outweigh the upheaval of transferring services from Hope Street to other nearby site.
“The project will significantly increase the number of social rent, affordable and private homes in this part of Battersea, all of which are needed to tackle the London-wide housing shortage. We will ensure existing Wandsworth residents are given top priority for many of these homes when they will become available.”