Boroughs | Sutton




Map Key

  • Investment Opportunities
  • Opportunity Areas
  • Area of Intensification
  • Central activity Zone

Town Centres

  • International or metropolitan
  • Major
  • District
  • Borough Boundary
  • Green Belt
  • Metropolitan open land / Other open spaces
  • Rail station
  • Railway track
  • Foreshore
  • Water

Investment Opportunities

  1. London Cancer Hub
  2. Sutton Town Centre

Investment Opportunities

London Cancer Hub

London Cancer Hub

The London Cancer Hub is already Europe's leading cancer research district and has the potential to become the global centre of innovation in cancer research and drug discovery. The Council is working in partnership with the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden to develop a 5-hectare site that would expand this to create a world-leading life-science district by 2035.

This world-class opportunity could generate c.80,000 sqm of laboratories, business and academic buildings, amenity facilities and hotel accommodation, set within an outstanding public realm.

Completed on-site to date includes the pioneering Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery by the ICR (2020); Harris Academy Sutton, an award-winning STEM specialist secondary school (2019), and the Innovation Gateway incubator hub (2021).

⁃ Project Owner: London Borough of Sutton
⁃ Development value: c.£500m
⁃ Planning status: pre-planning. Principles of development supported in the Local Plan and London Plan
⁃ Completion date: 2035

Sutton Town Centre

Sutton Town Centre

Sutton Town Centre is the commercial and retail centre of the borough. Recognised as a metropolitan town centre, Sutton is undergoing huge change with the delivery of over 3,000 homes alongside the development of a vibrant High Street destination focused on culture, new workspace and a range of diverse uses including community space. This includes a coworking, exhibition and intergenerational growing space at ORU Sutton, and a new cultural and leisure venue at Throwley Yard to repurpose a defunct nightclub.

Published in 2016, the Sutton Town Masterplan allocated 45 sites for redevelopment. The masterplan has acted as a catalyst for development with 950 homes already delivered with a number of major schemes in the pipeline. 

⁃ Project Owner: London Borough of Sutton in partnership with land owners and business
⁃ Completion date: 2035


Positioned between Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and less than 30 minutes away from central London by rail, Sutton is helping to create the opportunities that will protect and advance London’s competitiveness within global markets. Sutton is the ideal focus for London’s growth. It is home to one of the UK’s most significant regeneration projects, the London Cancer Hub, along with some of the best schools in the country and award-winning green spaces. The Council has significant town centre assets, and is developing these to activate vacant space and diversify uses to create a thriving town centre. This is being delivered as part of a holistic town centre regeneration plan to unlock development opportunities.


Population projections 2021 208,799

Population projections 2050 236,738


London plan new homes (ten-year target) 4,690

Building council homes for Londoners (four-year programme) 81

  • Sutton has one of the highest economic activity rates in London, at 82.9% compared to the 79% London average
  • The London Borough of Sutton has secured £25 million grant funding over the past five years to support the regeneration of the borough
  • Sutton aims to be London’s most sustainable borough.

Amanda Cherrington, Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration

“We’ve got big plans for Sutton as we continue our journey of recovery from the pandemic. We’re transforming Sutton Town Centre into a green and vibrant destination with great culture, food, shopping and modern flexible working. In the London Cancer Hub we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a world leading life-science district that will accelerate the fight against cancer. Across the borough we’re helping local people gain the right skills to access new jobs, so our economy will recover and people will have fairer and better opportunities than before. And we’re working towards a carbon-neutral Sutton by putting sustainability at the heart of our plans. We have a strong track record of working closely with developers and partners and we look forward to welcoming new businesses into the borough.”

Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council

  • Put Sutton on the map by leading a innovative regeneration scheme to create a life-science cluster at the London Cancer Hub - boosting productivity, investment and new businesses, and creating c.13,000 high quality jobs
  • Create vibrant, thriving and resilient town and district centres by repurposing underused sites, creating new diverse spaces to work, shop and visit including through the major Sutton Town Centre regeneration programme
  • Strengthen the economic resilience and growth of the borough following the pandemic through robust economic recovery plans
  • Boost the positive impact for businesses and residents of tackling the Climate Emergency by embedding sustainability throughout our schemes, and becoming London’s most sustainable borough
  • Improve transport connectivity to unlock the economic prosperity of the borough and the South London sub-region