London news Battersea Day Centre to be demolished to make way for more than 100 new homes Uk news
MetiNews.Com - Ward councillors are worried the scheme will create 'a feeling of division in the area'
Breaking News ! Sign up to FREE email alerts from MyLondon - MySouthLondon NewsSubscribeWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingSee ourprivacy noticeInvalid EmailA day centre on the Surrey Lane Estate in Battersea will be demolished to make way for 106 new homes, despite concerns that the move could cause issues with 'community cohesion'. The scheme, brought forward by Wandsworth Council, will provide 49 new affordable homes, split into 27 social rent units, and 22 shared ownership homes. However, local ward councillors have expressed concerns about the plans. For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here. Conservative councillor Rhodri Morgan said local people wanted a new community centre for the estate. "Very sadly since the start of 2017 two young men have been killed on Surrey Lane. To have lost two young men is a tragedy for the Surrey Lane community, I think we all have to understand that." He added that the new development could create a "feeling of division in the area," and that it will act as a "gated community." Labour councillor Emily Wintle agreed.
CGI overlooking south of the proposed central square towards Gardiner House
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She raised issues with the removal of a car park, demolition of the day centre, relocation of a play area and the removal of mature trees. She also said the "proposed gated green spaces" would "not only segregate other Surrey Lane residents but also create and foster a two-tier community of 'us' and 'them', with the current Surrey Lane residents being the poor cousin." She added: "To put in this kind of development with the segregation of residents will only cause polarisation and lead to increased levels of discontent. As a council we should not be going forward with such a development when there is such strong opposition."
Officer Nigel Granger from the council's housing department explained that the 'gated community arrangement' only involved security access. He said: "The people using that gate would also be entering Surrey Lane, so the estate as a whole and the improved public square, and they could be going through this particular security arrangement in order to provide the new flats with some defensible space so their quality of life and future amenity is preserved." He added: "There is a nuance to what is actually being proposed in this instance and the advice from the Metropolitan Police Service's Crime Prevention Design Adviser, which was supported by other facets of the council in terms of the CCTV operators, they supported these arrangements and that's why they have been incorporated into the proposal overall."
CGI looking west of Hyde Lane
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After concerns that residents had not been consulted enough during the pandemic, cllr Tony Belton proposed a motion to defer the scheme. He said: "I think the scheme is actually rather good in all sorts of ways, well designed, looks good, but we're in terrible danger of getting it very wrong with lots of people being very much opposed to it. I don't think the council can afford to get it wrong, it will be all sorts of mayhem." The proposal failed, with four votes in favour and six votes against.
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