'Unacceptable' Catford plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats

'Unacceptable' Catford plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats

Catford residents hit out at 'unacceptable' plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats at Hazelhurst Court. Pictured L-R Michael Concannon, Eileen Widdows, Frank Scott, Tony Snooks & Mick Jones

Catford residents hit out at 'unacceptable' plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats at Hazelhurst Court.

Catford residents hit out at 'unacceptable' plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats at Hazelhurst Court. Pictured L-R Michael Concannon, Eileen Widdows, Frank Scott, Tony Snooks & Mick Jones

Catford residents hit out at 'unacceptable' plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats at Hazelhurst Court.

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A group of Catford residents have hit out at "unacceptable" plans to knock down a community centre for older people and build around 60 flats.

The proposal is to build extra housing space on the site of Hazelhurst Court, which is currently a residential space for people aged 55 years plus and run by Phoenix Community Housing Association.

News Shopper: Catford 'unacceptable' plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats

Fears have been voiced that the plans would "destroy" a green space and community centre, leaving some older people "lonely" at the site in Beckenham Hill Road.

Construction worker Frank Scott, who lives in Hazelhurst Court, said: "They are putting extensions on a beautiful area.

"They are going to tear down big old trees.

"It is just penny pinching, they want to destroy it."

The father-of-three said: "They are going to demolish the community centre to do that and Phoenix don’t care.

"It means closing the doors to the 55 plus community. Some of them are lonely as it is."

News Shopper: Catford 'unacceptable' plan to knock down elderly community centre for 60 flats

The grandfather-of-six says the plans would change the nature of the area which was designed for older people who often waited two years to get a place.

He added: "We don’t need a mini-estate and that is what they are trying to make.

"It is unacceptable."

The residents say there is lots of other space in Lewisham to build housing which is not on an area already used for residential properties.

But a Phoenix Community Housing Association spokesman says the plan to build Mayor of London-funded Extra Care housing would include communal facilities designed for the care of older people.

He said: "There’s a real shortage of this kind of housing both in Lewisham and across London as a whole, and we are pleased that Phoenix can help address this issue.

"We believe Hazelhurst Court is an ideal location for these new homes and facilities."

He added: "We are a resident-owned and led organisation and our resident’s views are extremely important to us.

"We have already held a number of consultation events with the residents of Hazelhurst Court where we listened to their opinions and considered their needs.

"Our architects have used these meetings to develop and refine design proposals for both the new homes and community facilities and we will continue to meet with residents to discuss our ideas in preparation for a planning application later this year."

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4:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Some great arm folding there.
Some great arm folding there. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 8

6:37pm Tue 11 Mar 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Does that mean that more monstrosity type buildings such as those now covering land that housed the Tigers Head and especially Courts opposite plus the monster building already placed behind Hazelhurst itself will be blighting the area? Seems a pretty stupid and ill thought out plan there. Again, any Green land available so it has to become Brown fodder. Best watch the green behind St John's Church they may want to take that next seeing as they know it is just around the corner from their unsightly building which used to house the Green Man.
Does that mean that more monstrosity type buildings such as those now covering land that housed the Tigers Head and especially Courts opposite plus the monster building already placed behind Hazelhurst itself will be blighting the area? Seems a pretty stupid and ill thought out plan there. Again, any Green land available so it has to become Brown fodder. Best watch the green behind St John's Church they may want to take that next seeing as they know it is just around the corner from their unsightly building which used to house the Green Man. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 15

8:46pm Tue 11 Mar 14

white rabbit9 says...

All part of agenda 21. A city piled with people, any space is used to build flats.
All part of agenda 21. A city piled with people, any space is used to build flats. white rabbit9
  • Score: 10

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