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
In August 2014 a Transport for London (TfL) study on re-routing of the A205 in Catford concluded that in broad terms a re-route which sent the road south of Laurence House and removed the southbound gyratory from Rushey Green onto Bromley Road appeared to have benefits in terms of journey times across the town centre and reduction in queueing traffic.
We have been asked by TfL to consider the impact the potential changes to the road network would have on regeneration plans for the town centre and to respond to them.
We appointed Allies and Morrison to help assess the impact of the move on redevelopment potential and to explore redevelopment potential within the town centre more generally to ensure that plans for Catford were suitably ambitious for an area with strong (and potentially improving) transport links.
We have been looking at the impact the road move would have on the development potential of the Laurence House site, which would become considerably smaller, and whether this is mitigated by the increased size of the town hall site. We have been looking at whether the development of our key sites is financially viable and in particular what does the road move cost us and how does Catford Town Centre benefit from it?
This intensive phase of assessment is now drawing to a close and plans are being prepared to report those findings to the Mayor and TfL and to set out next steps for bringing about redevelopment and agreeing a timetable for that process.
Once agreement has been reached on next steps, Council officers will be able to outline the proposed process to local residents and will consult on this as part of the Local Plan process.
Members of the public talk about what they'd like to see in Catford.