Sutton Area Guide
Once made up of rural villages and associated with feudal and royal estates, Sutton is a picturesque borough in the south of London. It now constitutes several conservation areas to preserve this history and its neighbourhoods like Carshalton, Cheam and Belmont typify village life. The borough is also benefitting from Opportunity Sutton, the investment programme launched in 2012 to provide a focus for economic development in the borough.
To date it has attracted over £400 million worth of investment which has attracted a range of businesses to the borough. Sutton Town Centre is also being redeveloped with the masterplan outlining the provision of 5,000 homes, an enhanced cultural and dining offer and an improved employment location. The main infrastructure development will be the extension of the Tramlink, which would run from the north to the south of the borough and could unlock significant growth potential. Sutton together with Transport for London is currently undertaking feasibility works for the proposals.
Good to know:
- Sutton is the third safest borough in London and crime is lower than it has been for a decade.
- Sutton has the highest employment rate of all London boroughs.
- Along with Lambeth, Sutton had the largest growth in its private rental sector.
- Sutton is one of the few London boroughs not to have a London Underground station within its boundaries.
- Sutton is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Sudtone, which in Old English means ‘The south farm’.