Building permit granted for new houses and nursery at Maudsley De Crespigny park
Planning permission for 187 houses and a nursery on the site of a collection of soon-to-die Maudsley buildings has been approved.
The development of De Crespigny Park received the green light from the Southwark Council Planning Committee on Tuesday, October 5th.
It will see old and obsolete buildings currently in use by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust demolished to make way for a car-free housing development of one, two-bedroom apartments. and three beds with shared gardens.
Half of the units (79) will be “affordable”, 70% of which will be at social rent, the rest being available in co-ownership. The rest is for private sale.
Many objections were received during a public consultation. A total of 105 performances were made, including objections from the Camberwell Society and the Grove Lane Residents Association.
In total, there were three letters of support but 100 objections, with many saying more hospital bed space and social housing should have been priorities for any development.
There are also concerns that the large number of houses could lead to further overcrowding in the area and at Denmark Hill Station, and negatively impact the character of the conservation area in which it is located.
The town planners’ report discussed at the meeting stated: “The design would be of high quality and make a positive contribution to the urban landscape.
“While there is some harm to the setting of nearby heritage properties, this is considered less than substantial harm that would be outweighed by the broader benefits of the proposal. “
The trust intends to reinvest funds generated by development in its mental health services.
CAHMS will move from the site, which includes Mapother House, Michael Rutter Center and Professorial Buildings, to the new £ 65million Pears Maudsley Center for Children and Young People, currently under construction in Denmark Hill and slated to open in 2023 .
David Bradley, Managing Director of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Last [week’s] This decision helps ensure that we can provide modern facilities that meet the highest standards of 21st mental health care of the century.
“We also take our responsibility as an anchor institution very seriously and the 50% affordable housing at the heart of these plans will be a big boost for families and those in need of high quality housing in Southwark. . ”