WHAT IS THE framework PLAN?
Lewisham Council is investing in a masterplan framework – a vision to be developed in collaboration with the community – that maps out how we want the town centre to evolve over the coming decades.
A framework plan is a non-statutory document to guide future growth and development. It includes analysis, recommendations and proposals for an area’s population, economy, housing, transportation, community facilities and land use. It is based on public input, planning initiatives, existing development, physical characteristics and social and economic conditions.
The framework plan for Catford will be both aspirational and deliverable, commercially-based, and informed by a thorough understanding of the retail, residential and leisure market in Catford town centre.
Last spring, the Council launched a tender process to find the very best architects to draw up the masterplan for Catford town centre. In July, Studio Egret West with Carl Turner Architects, Civic Engineers and Greengage were commissioned to lead the major initiative.
Team Catford on behalf of Lewisham Council is supporting the Council’s appointed architect team - Studio Egret West and Carl Turner Architects - with engagement on the framework plan.
CATFord in a capital city
London is strategically planned and the Council’s priorities are partly guided by the London-wide policy context. Catford, along with Lewisham and New Cross is identified in the Mayor’s draft New London Plan as an Opportunity and Intensification Area, which means it has scope for growth, regeneration and renewal. The Council continues to campaign for the Bakerloo Line Extension to continue through to Catford, further strengthening the case for growth.
Lewisham town centre has undergone a significant transformation in recent years and will continue to grow as it has potential to become a town centre of Metropolitan importance. Catford has the potential for significant urban renewal, so will grow, but not to the same scale as Lewisham. Catford will remain the civic heart of the borough with the Council’s offices and services located in the town centre.
A unique space
Much of the land in the town centre is owned by the Council and this presents a unique opportunity to drive positive regeneration that truly reflects the needs of the local community.
Across the entire town centre, the opportunity area spans 11 hectares (around 15 football pitches). The team has identified six character areas across the town centre, the key sites that make up the framework plan.
Town Centre: this area includes the historic Catford Broadway, our celebrated venue the Broadway Theatre, the Old Town Hall and Civic Suite stretching south to include the Council offices at Laurence House. This central area could feature a mix of homes, shops and community facilities. It presents an opportunity to showcase Catford’s best assets - the theatre, the distinctive curve of Catford Broadway and its historic buildings with generous public open space.
Station Approach and South Circular: starting from Catford Station, following the south circular road past Catford Bridge station and along towards the town centre, this area includes what will be the new stretch of the south circular road behind Laurence House meeting the junction with Sangley Road. As a key approach to the town centre, this area would benefit from significant improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Yards: directly behind the Catford Broadway, this area includes the Thomas Lane car park and stretches all the way east to Rushey Green. This area has the potential to create a relaxed mixed-use quarter with flexible space for workspace, creative uses and small, independent shops.
The Lanes: this area includes Milford Towers, the Catford Shopping Centre and the multi-storey car park. Reimagining the use of these buildings with some redevelopment, this area could become a quieter residential area to respect adjacent Victorian neighbourhoods.
Ravenesbourne Quarter: not in Council ownership, this area includes the sites between the two railway lines currently occupied by Wickes and Halfords with the pedestrian and cycle route through to River Pool Linear Park. With few neighbours, this area has the potential for high density new homes and improvements to better connect the town centre with the Ravensbourne river and the natural parkland.
Plassy Island: not in Council ownership, this area to the east of the town centre includes the retail island encircled by the Catford gyratory - home to Lidl, McDonalds and other retail units. Realigning the south circular, and making this two way working, could create stronger links to the town centre with new pedestrian crossings encouraging improved retail space and new homes.