The Cambridge Road Estate is the largest estate in Kingston Upon Thames and comprises 832 homes. The Council is proposing to redevelop the estate, creating a new neighbourhood of approximately 1800 homes. There are 633 socially rented households on the estate and the Council has promised to re-provide these as part of the regeneration. There are also around 100 households in temporary accommodation.
There are three active resident groups on the estate which work together and have a strong community voice. A wide range of community activities take place on the estate in Piper Hall and the Archway Centre. A popular annual fun day also takes place on Madingley Green. One of the challenges of the regeneration is safeguarding all the community activity that residents currently generate.
NewmanFrancis were appointed as the Independent Tenants and Homeowners Advice Service in September 2017 to provide impartial and independent advice to residents on the Cambridge Road Estate, to advocate for residents and make sure that the community is involved in the regeneration process.
NewmanFrancis is working closely with the Cambridge Road Estate Residents Steering Group (RSG) which meets with the Council on a regular basis. The RSG is very committed and well informed and ensures that residents’ concerns are being answered, and that residents are influencing what goes on.
Residents’ views about the regeneration vary. Many residents are looking forward to change and new homes that will meet the needs of their household. However, many residents are also concerned about the challenge of the impact of a significant increase in density in what is already the most densely populated part of Kingston
The Council is currently going through the process of appointing a joint venture partner. NewmanFrancis has supported residents in getting involved and having significant input into this process.
NewmanFrancis is also undertaking regular outreach and home visits on Cambridge Road Estate to make sure that residents are fully aware of their rights and options, and that the Council is aware of any ongoing issues.
To find out the latest news about the regeneration of CRE, you can visit the Kingston Council website via the following web link: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200154/planning_and_building_control/1345/latest_news_on_cre
The Cambridge Road Estate Resident Steering Group (RSG) is made up of local residents and meets with the Council every month to discuss the regeneration and make sure that the proposals to redevelop the estate meet the needs of the local community. Residents on the RSG are passionate about where they live and are playing a key part in the regeneration and the future of their community.
The main community groups active on the estate, (CREST, OneNorbiton and CRERA), are all represented on the RSG and along with other RSG members play an active role in making sure that residents have a strong voice when working with the Council. Collectively they ensure a more efficient and democratic consultation process.
The purpose of the RSG is to influence and shape what is happening and to make sure that the Council is aware of residents’ concerns about the regeneration. The RSG has worked with the Council to develop the Strategic Development Brief, a set of principles which will provide the design and environmental framework for the new development and has also played an important role in helping the council find a development partner.
Resident Steering Group members allow for a stronger link between the existing community and the other parties concerned with the redevelopment. Residents help decide the priorities to be discussed with the Council. Over the next few months RSG members will be taking part in a series of workshops which will look at different aspects of the regeneration, such as how rents and service charges will be set in the new homes as well as the Masterplanning process. Look out for more information about upcoming workshops on this website as some will be open to the whole community.
The Resident Steering Group is supported by NewmanFrancis and is very effective in representing the views of the Cambridge Road Estate community. Residents have many concerns about how the regeneration will impact on their families: especially around the density of the new development, the cost of living in the new homes and the possibility of being re-housed temporarily. The RSG makes sure that the Council provides answers to these questions and communicates key information to the wider community.
Please get in touch with NewmanFrancis if you are interested in becoming involved in the Cambridge Road Estate Resident Steering Group.