Enormous plans to build 258 new homes in an area which could “radically transform” Hackbridge’s image have emerged amid a major ongoing regeneration.

Developers CREATE Design + Architecture want to build hundreds of flats in buildings ranging up to 11 storeys high, on a site off London Road.

There would be 88 one-bedroomed homes, 132 with two bedrooms, 33 with three, and another five with four, alongside plans for nearly 400sqm of commercial floorspace and 118 parking spaces.

Proposals also include an entrance plaza that expands the town square near Hackbridge railway station and a “lively” new high street promenade with “active” frontages.

The Hackbridge Gardens site in London Road, a short distance from where 725 homes are being built on the former Felnex trading estate, is earmarked by Sutton Council for mixed development use.

It’s said to be viewed as a key hotspot by the authority in helping “revive” the Hackbridge District Centre while the area’s masterplan continues to take shape.

The 102-page design and access statement reads: “The proposed scheme aims to enhance the quality of the public realm in the area north of Hackbridge train station.

“The concept here is to create a vibrant and safe built environment which will contribute to the positive redevelopment of this area in Sutton.”

It’s hoped the “attractive” entrance plaza, as an extension of the future adjacent railway station square, would boost footfall in the proposed high street.

The largely pedestrian-focused scheme also involves a “tranquil” semi-public urban garden, a series of integrated play areas, and semi-private community gardens.

One of the buildings proposed, expected to be 10 or more storeys high, would be a “landmark” to effectively welcome people to the site and Hackbridge itself.

Ninety of the homes – or just over a third – would be classed as “affordable housing”, according to the proposals.

Despite the plans initially being submitted in February this year, they were validated by the council nine months later (November 15).

Currently it’s not known when a decision will be made though one may not be expected until late in December or early next year.