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The next stage of merger: bringing together the housing associations

In April 2016, we consulted with you about a proposed merger between our parent company Circle Anglia Limited (known as Circle Housing Group) and Affinity Sutton Group.

Following that consultation, in November 2016, Clarion Housing Group was formed. With over 125,000 homes, the Group is now the largest UK housing group, which enables us to make better use of our combined resources including improvement of our repairs services and investing more into improving your homes, neighbourhoods and communities.

We are now proposing to combine the housing associations Affinity Sutton Homes and Circle 33 (known as Circle Housing), to form a single organisation called Clarion Housing Association which will be a Charitable Housing Provider regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.
This proposal will not affect your tenancy terms nor the rent you pay. Our proposals are intended to simplify the organisation and to make it easier to deliver good services to all our residents.

In the past, Circle Housing Group was made up of nine housing associations. Over the last few months we have consulted with you and have brought together seven of these housing associations into Circle 33 (known as Circle Housing).

We are now proposing to bring together the two largest housing associations within our group. At this stage, Old Ford and Russet Homes will remain separate entities, but we hope to bring them into the simplified Group later this year following consultation with their residents.
By simplifying the number of housing associations in the Group we are better able to combine our services to offer a more efficient and consistently good service to all our residents across the country. The changes are designed to make us a better performing Group, but we will minimise the impact of the change on you.
We believe there will be six key benefits:

  1. Investment in improving and maintaining your homes
  2. Opportunities for resident involvement
  3. An expanded training and employment programme
  4. Attractive and inclusive communities
  5. Services to help with money management and digital skills
  6. New homes and regeneration programmes 

Your views are very important to us, and before we decide on a final course of action, we are keen to hear feedback and answer your questions.

This consultation is open to residents of Circle Housing (known legally as Circle 33) only and not residents of  Old Ford Housing Association who we will be consulting separately. If you are currently a resident of Russet Homes you have previously been consulted about joining Circle Housing. Although this hasn't concluded,  we are still interested in hearing your views on Circle Housing joining Affinity Sutton Homes.

Wednesday 9th August 2017 marks the beginning of our formal six week consultation period with you to seek your views on this proposal. You can find further details on the proposed merger in our FAQ section.

Please send us your thoughts and views by filling in our simple form by 19th September 2017.


Neil McCall
Chief Executive of Housing Associations

How will the move to a single housing association benefit residents like me? 

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some common questions our residents have asked us about the merge between Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing.