A leaflet and website have been published for local residents outlining the early development proposals for the Catford Island Site – this is the area in Catford where Plassy Road School once stood. Currently, there is a shopping area with a Lidl, bingo hall and some other retail outlets with a car park.
Lewisham Council has released their plans for a £500 million redevelopment of Catford and they are asking for comments and views. The aim is to inform the proposals that will be developed and any new buildings will have to conform to these plans. Hopefully, the Council will have learnt the lessons of the ill fated, 19 storey Catford Tower that caused controversy back in 2015/16. This planning committee meeting was held in the Council Chamber because of the number of objectors attending. The local newsshopper reported this.
New homes could be built along Rushey Green above the existing shops, above the Catford shopping centre, within the Plassey Road island where Lidl and McDonalds are currently.
At this stage, Lewisham Council need to decide the total amount of new housing. Their size and height and the amount of social housing, affordable and private housing needed to make sure that Catford is a mixed community. This includes the amount of play spaces for different age groups, daylight and sunlight to existing and new buildings in the area and within the site. Equally important is the servicing and other requirements of commercial and other uses to ensure a high quality living environment. How will the rubbish be collected? Where can lorries load and unload?
The document runs to over 130 pages and the public consultation is due to be completed by Friday, 5th February. Please read the full document here: