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, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, and Harris Academy Sutton to develop a 5-hectare site.
This world-class opportunity could generate c.100,000 sqm of laboratories, business and academic buildings, amenity facilities and hotel accommodation, set within an outstanding public realm.
Completed on-site in addition to the anchor buildings of the Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research are Harris Academy Sutton, an award-winning STEM specialist secondary school (2019) built to Passivhaus standards; the pioneering Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery by the ICR (2020); The Oak Centre at the Royal Marsden in 2023; the Maggies Centre (2019) and the Innovation Gateway incubator hub (2021).
Levelling Up Funding has been awarded to double the frequency of trains between the London Cancer Hub and Central London by 2026.
The Council has big plans to create a vibrant and sustainable town centre with outstanding culture, food, shopping, modern flexible working and over 3,000 new homes.
Already recognised as a metropolitan and diverse town centre, all upcoming developments will further cement this. Set to open in 2024, Throwley Yard is a new cultural venue including an independent cinema set in a former nightclub; and recently completed Oru Sutton, a new space for co-working, wellbeing and hospitality, is breathing life into a disused department store.
Having secured £11.35m from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, the Council agreed more projects in June 2023 to transform the town centre, improve the local cultural offer, boost Sutton’s economic recovery and adapt to changing working practices following Covid-19.
The historic buildings at 137-145 High Street have been at the heart of Sutton High Street for nearly 100 years. Using part of the Future High Streets Fund, the Council will refurbish the buildings into modern retail and business space while retaining their historic features.
Another historic building will be brought back to life through the Northern Gateway project. 246-254 High Street has sadly been derelict for more than a decade, but it will be transformed into a first-class adult education facility that will be the new home for Sutton College. The Council will also be building new council homes at the adjoining site. These new homes will all be designed to high sustainability standards and available at genuinely affordable social rent.
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 and a number of major schemes in the pipeline.
The Council acquired the St Nicholas Shopping Centre in Sutton Town Centre in 2021. This creates an opportunity for the Council to lead the regeneration of this 4.7 acre site at the heart of the high street, to create high-quality retail, leisure and restaurant space, a new civic centre with a shared front door for public services, first-rate library facilities and new homes. Moving the Civic Centre onto the High Street will create further regeneration opportunities for town centre uses and homes on the current Civic Centre site and associated car park and the former Secombe Theatre building (Total 9.7 acres/4 hectares of development opportunity). The Council will be seeking a development partner in Autumn 2023 to take forward this large-scale programme and help the borough deliver its ambitious plans for the town centre.
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 2023 209,880
Population projections 2050 213,113 (GLA 2043)
London plan new homes (ten-year target) 4,690
Building council homes for Londoners (2023-28 predicted) 185
Amanda Cherrington, Head of Economic Renewal and Regeneration
“We’ve got big plans for Sutton as we support sustainable growth. 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 are taking a once-in-a-generation opportunity and expanding our world leading life-science district that is accelerating the fight against cancer. Across the borough we’re helping local people gain the right skills to access new jobs, so our economy will grow and people will have fairer and better opportunities. 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 investment and businesses into the borough.”