What we are doing
EcoLocal is renovating The Lodge to create a thriving focal point for the local community for many years to come. We have plans to renovate the existing buildings to create a mixed use development that includes:
- Community Hall and Kitchen
- Rejuvenated Victorian Walled Garden
- Straw Bale Classroom Suite
- Office & Meetings Centre Hub to support community enterprise
- Workshop facilities in the old stables / outbuildings
- Storage for local groups and projects
Your input is needed
We’re keen to update our earlier research on local community involvement so if you can spare a few minutes, please can you complete either or both of the following questionnaires:
The scheme has to be financially sustainable.
So, in sympathy with location and building, we are developing 9 flats. 7 will be sold to cover development costs and 2 rented out on an on-going basis to generate income to cover community facilities management costs. We have updated our “Lodge Frequently Asked Questions sheet” – this gives further details on the project, how it came about, who benefits and what we plan to do.
We have started
So it is with great pleasure that we announced earlier this year that The Lodge project has started. We have completed detailed project design assisted by architects Robinson Kenning & Gallagher, agreed and signed a long term lease with Sutton Council, obtained development funding via a leading social Bank and appointed a construction firm Stanley Investments Building Services Limited to carry out the works. Works started at the end of February 2018 and we have moved on site.
We have now moved and our new address is EcoLocal, The Lodge, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3NX. Please update the contact details that you have for us.
Thanks to local residents
People are genuinely keen to see important local buildings maintained and used by the community, for the benefit of the community – especially in areas of outstanding beauty like central Carshalton. EcoLocal is an independent charity run by local people who want to do their best to keep our local environment and heritage preserved and looked after.
We would like to give a huge vote of thanks to all the people who have continued to support us and who have been so enthusiastic about the project throughout the time it has taken us to get to this stage. We are delighted that so many people can see the benefit of this project for the community, our local heritage in Carshalton and for the future. Indeed your continued support backs up the results of our local consultation that showed that 97% of the 699 residents who completed our detailed questionnaire supported our proposal – and over 60 local groups said they would be interested in using the community facilities we intend to develop.
The area around Carshalton Ponds remains one of the most distinctive and picturesque parts of suburban London and Surrey. It is home to a number of historical buildings. One of these is called The Lodge, which is situated within the grounds of The Ecology Centre, in a Site of Interest for Nature Conservation. Sutton Council has vacated the The Lodge and has carefully considered its future. The Lodge was originally built in the mid 1800’s. It offers an excellent space in a unique setting.
Back in 2011, EcoLocal first started discussions on ideas for the building’s future use. Our ideas were well supported by residents. In 2013 we started work on an initial feasibility study which was completed in the Summer of 2014. This was well received by Sutton Council who then asked us to carry out further detailed costings and business planning as well as consultation with residents and community groups.
The charity has invested a significant amount of its own funds in bringing in top quality professional advice to help develop the project as well as a large amount of both staff and volunteer time in developing all aspects of our proposal. We are very grateful to all those who have been involved – both internally and externally – and would like to thank Sutton Council for being so helpful and easy to work with in relation to this project.