In July we completed the acquisition of 28 homes in the London Borough of Merton from the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC).
The properties at the Raynesfield estate in Raynes Park in the London Borough of Merton were originally built for serving police officers but have been used as keyworker housing for people from other professions in healthcare, education and the civil service, for a number of years.
MOPAC’s original plan was to sell the estate with vacant possession with the proceeds to be ploughed back into front line policing in the capital. However, after a campaign initiated by the residents and supported by a number of local councillors, the Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime announced a change in strategy and we were able to negotiate the purchase of these homes, which allowed the existing residents to remain in their homes.
The estate, which comprises 28 2-bedroom apartments, has been managed by Crown Simmons Housing for a number of years. As a result of the association purchasing the apartments, they will be retained as genuinely affordable rented housing and Crown Simmons will commence consultation with the existing residents about long-terms plans later this year.