£1.2bn regeneration of Clapham Park scheme begins

Construction work on a new £1.2billion regeneration scheme of a neighbourhood has just started.

Representatives from Lambeth council met with developers, Countryside Partnerships, and Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) on May 23 to celebrate the official start of the regeneration of Clapham Park, off Atkins Road in Clapham.

Countryside Partnerships and MTVH have now started on the first phase of the regeneration programme which will deliver 520 new homes including 282 affordable homes, 123 private homes and 115 homes for rent.

This stage is expected to be completed in late 2024.

In total, the regeneration will deliver 2,482 high-quality homes across 17 sites, 53 per cent of which will be affordable.

There will also be a community centre, a market square, two parks, commercial and retail space and a district heating system. 

The council has said that the homes will be built to high sustainability standards, equipped with cycle parking and electric vehicle charging points.

Guy Burnett, executive director of development at MTVH, said: “This marks a significant step forward in the exciting large-scale regeneration of Clapham Park. 

“We believe this will make a very real difference to the community and reflects our commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of local people, which lies at the heart of the wider regeneration of Clapham Park. 

“This is not only a regeneration project, but an opportunity to strengthen the community and achieve our goal to improve the lives of local residents.”

An initial sum of £1million has been allocated for community building activities at Clapham Park.  

Initiatives so far include the establishment of the ‘Destiny and Young Researcher in Residence’ with Make Space for Girls and London School of Economics, which will provide work experience opportunities for young people in the local area.

Countryside Partnerships and MTVH have also funded the ‘Be Enriched’ community kitchen and food bank programme for 2023, which offers free, hot and healthy food from the Clapham Park Canteen. 

A Young People’s Fund has also been set up for young residents with annual funding allocated to youth activities, and a dedicated youth board to direct the Fund.

Pictured top: Council representatives, developers and MTVH members at the regeneration site in Clapham Park as construction begins  (Picture: Countryside Partnerships)

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