On June 22nd Sutton Housing Society received planning permission for 71 new homes on five locations across the South West London Borough of Sutton
The five separate planning applications, all submitted simultaneously in October 2019 as part of the landlord’s ambitious development pipeline, will increase Sutton’s available housing stock by 16%.
The new homes will be achieved by creatively unlocking the potential of rooftop or ‘airspace’ developments (building new flats on top of existing dwellings), and will provide new, affordable housing for people over the age of 55.
As well as delivering much needed new accommodation, the plans will also benefit the existing residents by modernising fabric and appearance of the 50 year old apartment blocks.
To achieve this outcome, Sutton sought specialist design and planning support from local firm of architects Hoban Design and planning consultants WSP Indigo.
Sutton Housing Society’s Chief Executive Robin Roberts said: “Although we are a smaller social landlord, we’ve worked hard to unlock the development potential of our existing schemes and establish an ongoing development pipeline. “So rather than submit five planning applications at different times, we decided to grab Sutton Council’s attention by submitting all five simultaneously.”
This achievement, along with Sutton Housing Society’s wider approach to creatively unlocking sites, was recently recognised by Constructing Excellence, who awarded Sutton Housing Society its 2020 Client of the Year Award.
Robin continues: “The award is recognition that smaller landlords can mirror their larger colleagues and manage multiple projects consecutively to suit market or funding opportunities.
“Thank you to Hoban Design Architects and WSP Indigo - and of course Sutton Council, who must take great credit for considering the application at the height of the coronavirus restrictions.”
Gary Hoban, a Director at architects Hoban Design comments “Although these five individual applications were approved prior to the recent planning law changes, we anticipate a marked increase in creative airspace homes, as landlords seize on the fast-tracking of up to two additional storeys. This could be of real benefit to smaller landlords, such as Sutton, keen to quickly maximise the potential of their existing assets.
”Work is scheduled to begin on the first of the five sites in early 2021.