Lewisham Council has ambitious aspirations for Catford town centre which could deliver major improvements to the pedestrian and transport infrastructure while creating opportunities for new homes, shops and other amenities.
Key elements of the Council’s vision for Catford include:
- the redevelopment of Catford Shopping Centre to create new retail space
- demolition of Milford Towers and the provision of several hundred new homes across the town centre
- major infrastructure work to the road network (which is mostly owned by Transport for London) which would create a more joined up town centre and could also free up additional space for development
- new community facilities, pedestrianised areas and open spaces
- a possible re-location of Council services which would provide further development space on the existing Council office sites.
Previous attempts to regenerate Catford have been hampered by various complex issues such as the number of different landowners in and around the town centre. However, in 2010 the Council seized the opportunity to buy Catford Shopping Centre, thereby giving it greater influence over any future plans.
The Council’s aspiration is for the complete redevelopment of the Catford Centre and Milford Towers, which would require demolition of both plus the car parks and associated buildings along Thomas Lane. We are currently working towards a target vacant possession date for the site of late 2015, although this is still subject to many factors, including identifying a deliverable scheme and agreeing commercial terms with the key parties who are, or will be, involved in the redevelopment of the site.
In the meantime, £1.5 million has been secured from the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund to make improvements to Catford Broadway which would benefit businesses, residents and shoppers and help to maintain the vitality of the town centre during any future redevelopment works.
Members of the public talk about what they'd like to see in Catford.