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Residents vote for change at Cambridge Road Estate

23 March 2020

Following ten months of consultation and engagement led by Soundings, residents of the Cambridge Road Estate in Kingston voted overwhelmingly in favour of plans to regenerate their neighbourhood.

On a turnout of 86%, 73% of eligible residents have backed plans to regenerate the estate to deliver new high-quality, ‘greener’ homes, new gardens, play areas, streets and community facilities, and a brighter, safer neighbourhood.

The regeneration scheme, a partnership between the Royal Borough of Kingston and Countryside Properties, will deliver approximately 2,170 new homes: a mix of flats, maisonettes and houses of various sizes. The new neighbourhood will include a minimum of an additional 114 council homes.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Liz Green, said:
“On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank the residents of Cambridge Road Estate for the trust they have placed in us and in supporting our plans. I look forward to continuing to work with them to provide the modern new homes and safer environment that they need and deserve.

We committed to this ballot as we believe it is right that residents have the opportunity to decide their future and that of the whole of Cambridge Road Estate. Residents have sent a clear message of support for these new homes, including more council homes, and a neighbourhood that the community deserves.

I and my council colleagues are passionate about tackling overcrowding and addressing the fundamental problems with the buildings and design of the space. But also with delivering quality outdoor space and community facilities. Now, with the backing of the estate’s residents, we can build on the work we have done together to make sure regeneration will address these and other issues residents have told us about.”

Mike Woolliscroft, Chief Executive, Partnerships South, Countryside, commented:
“We are delighted that residents at the Cambridge Road Estate have voted in favour of the regeneration of their estate and would like to thank them for all the time they have given us to help shape the proposals. We put the community at the heart of everything we do and this has clearly resonated with the residents as we have been given such an overwhelming mandate.

This is another step in continuing a close relationship with the local community and the Council to ensure that the scheme delivers on its promises, in a mixed tenure layout and improved design, that serves the needs of existing residents and the wider community. We look forward to continuing to work closely with residents as the design moves into the planning application stage.”