We have 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 our 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 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 we seized the opportunity to buy Catford Shopping Centre, thereby giving us greater influence over any future plans.
Our 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.
In the meantime, funds secured from the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund have been spent on making Catford Broadway a more pleasant place to shop and socialise, which will help to maintain the vitality of the town centre during any future redevelopment works.
Transport for London South Circular study
During the first half of 2014, Transport for London (TfL) carried out a study into the notion of diverting the South Circular (A205) behind Laurence House. This followed the publication the year before of the independent Roads Task Force report, which resulted in TfL starting to look again at locations across the capital with a perceived imbalance between traffic movement and the surrounding public realm.
The study – the scope of which was agreed by us – covered the potential impacts on local roads, junctions, ‘pinch-points’ where traffic tends to get congested, bus journey times, cycle routes and many other aspects of traffic or pedestrian movement. It showed that the initial design for the re-alignment has overall benefits which justify further design work. We have now appointed consultants to do a development study to advise on the best approach from a development and place-making perspective, with conclusions expected in early 2015.
Work on the Catford Town Centre Local Plan is expected to resume once the outcomes of the TfL review have been worked through.
Members of the public talk about what they'd like to see in Catford.