Hundreds Join Consultation On Wandsworth Estate Improvements

Millions to be spent on the Winstanley and York Road areas

More than 300 local people came to York Gardens Library last Saturday (October 5th) to give their views on new redevelopment options for the Winstanley and York Road estates.
Millions of pounds will be invested to improve these neighbouring housing estates and the Council has appointed a team of architects and regeneration experts to draw up new proposals with local people.

The main aims are to create a safer and more attractive place to live, create local jobs, provide better housing and ultimately improve the quality of life for people on the estates.
Last Saturday the masterplanning team, which includes property consultants GVA and architects Levitt Bernstein, hosted an 'options open day' to introduce the different redevelopment proposals to the community.
The options, which ranged from refurbishing existing buildings to completely redeveloping large areas of the estates, take different approaches to addressing the issues estate residents are most concerned about.
Local people have six weeks to comment on the suggested initial redevelopment options. Local feedback will be used to develop a preferred option for the development of the area which will in turn be presented to local people for comment.
Wandsworth residents now have six weeks to have their say on these different outline proposals and the feedback received will be used to develop a preferred option with broad local support.
The 'preferred option' will then be the subject of further consultation and development over the coming year.
Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: "Most local people agree that these estates need to be improved and that major new investment can bring real benefits to people lives. But this is also a busy, diverse and complex neighbourhood with many good qualities we want to protect and preserve.
"This options consultation asks local residents to weigh the pros and cons of different redevelopment proposals and to let us know which they prefer and why. We also want to hear about any concerns and anxieties so we can try to address those issues wherever possible.
"Open days and drop-in information sessions are taking place over the next six weeks to give local people opportunities to discuss the different proposals and get their views across.
"The central aim of the masterplanning process is to work with local people to shape a new proposal which tackles the problem issues and preserves the positive features of these unique estates. Getting this balance right is absolutely crucial."

Have your say

During the six week consultation there are lots of ways local people can find out about the proposals and have their say:
· The exhibition boards  including outline plans are now published on the council's website
· Drop-in sessions are being held on the estate where people can discuss the options with the masterplanning team. See dates below.
· An options information booklet will be sent to homes on the Winstanley and York Road estate
· The options consultation will be advertised via e-newsletters, flyers, banners and posters
· The masterplanning team will continue to attend meetings with local residents, resident associations, community groups, businesses and other local stakeholders to gather feedback from as many people as possible

York Gardens Library drop-in sessions

· 5pm-8pm, Wednesday 9th October, 2013
· 10am-1pm, Thursday 10th October, 2013
· 5pm-8pm, Wednesday 16th October, 2013
· 10am-1pm, Thursday 17th October, 2013

Contact the team

To submit feedback, ask questions and find out more about the masterplanning process email or call 020 8871 6802.  
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October 14, 2013