London’s first sustainable suburb gets go-ahead

London’s biggest regeneration scheme is set to go ahead after planning permission has been granted.

Sutton Council’s £150 million Hackbridge Project will see hundreds of new homes built, as well as community facilities, in the UK’s first sustainable suburb in south London.

Construction Enquirer report that Schroder Property Investment Management, who are developing the project, have received planning approval and work is expected to begin in 2012. This is only the first stage of planning though, as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson must approve the plans.

The Hackbridge scheme will see 725 new homes built in the area, as well as a new supermarket, new flats, shops, offices and community centres. As the project is all about sustainability: open spaces, pocket parks and “edible gardens” (before you ask: residents will be able to produce communal fruit trees, the grass isn’t edible) will also be part of the project.

Jayne McCoy, Sutton Council’s Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing, said in a statement:

“This groundbreaking development is the biggest regeneration project to get the green light in London this year. It will transform this area of the capital and help achieve our vision of making Hackbridge the UK’s most sustainable place a reality.”

As the plans involve building hundreds of new homes, all of which will be low or zero-carbon, new construction jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project.

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Posted on May 13, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, electrician jobs, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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