Sutton Council is set to spend more than £20million upgrading buildings in the High Street.

Plans for four sites include a new rooftop bar and cinema.

The authority plans to use more than £11m of funding from the Future High Streets Fund of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities for four high street upgrades.

Sutton Council will put a further £10m towards the project.

The plans include a new home for Sutton College at 246-254 High Street, opposite Asda.

The council bought the property for £2.6million in February.

It estimates the building’s revamp will cost a total of £26million, including the cost of the purchase.

It includes the building of 30 new “affordable homes”, which the council said will cover £15.4m of the total cost, while the remaining £10.6 will come from the college.

The council also wants to revamp the former Topshop and Vision Express buildings, at 137-145 High Street at a cost of £4.5m.

The buildings were part of the council’s £26m purchase of the St Nicholas Shopping Centre in August 2021.

Co-working space Oru Sutton, which is due to open in September, will get £1m from the government grant.

The council had previously invested £3.6m into this project and said the additional money will be used to expand the space to include a rooftop bar and restaurant “with panoramic views of London” as well as retail space.

The final project to get funding from the scheme is for a new cinema and community arts venue on the former Chicago’s Nightclub site, to be known as Throwley Yard.

It is expected to be completed by February 2024 and cost more than £2m.

Leader of the opposition Conservative group, Councillor Tom Drummond, said: “I don’t mind the council buying up properties if they are being put to good use but whether that is happening in all cases is the question.”

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of the Council, said: “I am delighted that we are delivering on our promise in bringing extra vibrancy and public services to Sutton High Street.

"We bought 246-254 High Street because we know local residents care about the building and want to see it brought back to life.

“Giving Sutton College a purpose built home on the high street means first-class educational facilities, more customers for nearby businesses and shops and a new lease of life for that end of the high street, alongside more genuinely affordable homes for local families – something I’m especially proud of.

“Oru Sutton will also provide our fantastic micro-businesses and start-ups with high-quality work spaces where they can continue to grow, coupled with the rooftop bar, wellness centre and cultural facilities at Throwley Yard will transform Sutton into a top destination to live, work and play.”

The council’s Strategy and Resources Committee is set to approve the allocation of the grant and match funding at a meeting on Monday (June 19).