Turning water into housing

A disused water depot in Colliers Wood is now being turned into new homes.

Clarion Housing Group teamed with contractor Skillcrown to build the development at Fortescue Road near to Colliers Wood underground station and the Sainsbury’s superstore. It will feature 74 flats, with 58 units allocated for shared ownership, 11 for affordable renting and five as starter homes. 

Planning permission was granted in February this year and the development is currently expected to complete by the summer of 2019. Clarion bought the 0.66-ha site from Goldcrest in June, and initial preparations started on the ground in September.

New business and partnerships director at Clarion, Philip Browne, said: "This scheme further underlines Clarion’s significant and ongoing commitment to the borough of Merton.

"We are particularly pleased to be bringing brownfield land back into use and delivering high quality affordable homes to those who are struggling to buy through the private market."

The Fortescue Road development is the first of three housing projects in Merton proposed by Clarion, with 21 homes granted on the old garages site at Ravensbury (due to begin in 2018) and 134 planned for an area of disused land at High Path. 

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