Catford regeneration: frequently asked questions
We are leading a major regeneration which will transform the town centre by rerouting the South Circular Road, freeing up more pedestrian space.
- Catford Shopping Centre will be redeveloped, providing new retail and commercial space.
- Milford Towers will be replaced, providing several hundred new homes across the town centre.
- New public space, civic and community facilities will also be created.
What does regeneration mean?
Regeneration is about transforming an area to improve quality of life and meet the demands of a constantly growing and changing area. This means more and better homes in safe and welcoming places, with access to jobs and training. Regeneration brings communities together so people have a real say in the way their neighbourhood is developed.
When will it happen?
Consultation on the Framework Plan began in 2017 and a final version was shared with the community earlier this year. The Framework Plan will be finalised this year and once agreed, proposals for individual sites will be considered through the planning process.
What is a framework plan?
A framework plan is a long-term vision for land-use that considers the local population’s economic, housing, transport and community needs. For Catford, the framework plan will guide development over the next couple of decades and individual planning applications will be prepared using the principles established in the framework plan.
The Catford Town Centre Framework will form part of the evidence base for our local plan. It will establish a framework for new development in the town centre. We and our partners will use it in funding bids for a range of transport and regeneration schemes.
Who is paying? Will it raise our council tax?
No, it won’t raise council tax. The regeneration of Catford town centre will have funding from a number of different sources, including the Government and private sector investment.
We have to be realistic and the project has to be financially viable. We will take advice and thoroughly test the scheme from the outset. We want a robust framework plan that is costed and deliverable in the long term.
Which area does the framework plan cover?
The Catford Town Centre Framework plan covers the central area of the town centre - currently occupied by the Catford Shopping Centre, Milford Towers, Old Town Hall and Civic Suite and Laurence House. The Grade II listed Broadway Theatre will be a focal point for regeneration with new public space for cultural and performance. It also covers the area between the two stations - Catford and Catford Bridge - as well as the approach to the town centre and the South Circular Road.
Sites not owned by the Council - Plassy Island (the retail park where McDonalds is located) and the site currently occupied by Halfords and Wickes alongside the railway lines - will be explored through the framework plan.
Catford Green (site of the former greyhound stadium) is also included within the framework plan although the homes have already been built. Funds secured for a previous proposal for a footbridge over the railway will be reallocated to improvements to the stations area.
Connectivity improvements for pedestrians and cyclists will be explored up to the ‘Catford Triangle’ (the junction of Catford Road and Catford Hill) with consideration given to TfL’s proposals for the A21 and other planned improvements including School Streets and nearby low traffic neighbourhoods..
Who is Team Catford?
Team Catford leads the community engagement for the Catford Town Centre Framework on behalf of the Council. The team specialises in engagement, meanwhile use, community events and town centre management. They all live in the borough, mainly Catford, and are passionate about leading a change that reflects the character of Catford.
They are here to make sure that everyone who lives, works, socialises, shops, commutes or runs a business in Catford has their say as our neighbourhood changes.
What consultation has happened so far?
Team Catford started the #CatfordConversation four years ago taking the time for everyone’s voice to be heard, sometimes formally and sometimes casually as we spoke to the residents in our pop-up shop House of Catford, breaking down the barriers that too often prevent people engaging in a regeneration discussion.
All the feedback gathered during conversations with residents and businesses in Catford has informed the Catford Town Centre Framework and identified the priorities for the Catford of the future.
Over 3,000 comments and ideas have been captured. Visit our digital feedback hub to find out more.
Is the Bakerloo Line coming to Catford?
As a community, we have worked hard to present a compelling case to persuade the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) for a further extension beyond Lewisham to Hayes and Beckenham Junction (via Catford). TfL are considering responses to the consultation undertaken in 2019 and expect to publish an analysis and response to issues raised later in 2020.
Will the south circular road be moved?
With agreement from TfL we’re now planning to reroute this major road behind Laurence House. This will unlock a huge area of land for new shops, homes and public space making the town centre safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
As part of this, there will be opportunities to consider new pedestrian crossings and cycle lanes. As part of a wider strategy to improve sustainable transport across the borough, TfL is implementing measures to improve cycling and bus journeys on a stretch of the A21 road between Lewisham and Catford. The Council is also rolling out measures to improve cycling and walking through ‘low traffic neighbourhoods’ and the framework plan will build on these principles.
How can I have my say?
The latest phase of non-statutory consultation on the Framework Plan ended on Friday 5th February 2021. Thousands of comments and ideas from local people have informed the Catford Town Centre Framework. See the Catford Town Centre Framework.
You can alsovisit the Team Catford website to find out more and get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via letter addressing FREEPOST TEAM CATFORD on the envelope or via phone on 0808 1961 280.
Early projects will see improvements to the area around and between Catford and Catford Bridge stations as well as a new pub for the former Catford Constitutional Club. Find out how you can have your say on these two key projects at catford.commonplace.is.