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HTA's Cane Hill scheme given go-ahead

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A scheme by HTA to develop 675 homes on former psychiatric hospital site at Cane Hill in Coulsdon has been approved by the Mayor of London.

Cane Hill Hospital, which once formed the backdrop to David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World album, was largely destroyed by fire in 2010 although some of the listed buildings including the water tower remain.

HTA submitted a hybrid application to build 675 homes on the 82 hectare site adjacent to Coulsdon town centre which forms part of the GLAs plan to release unused sites for development.

The scheme will see a range of 1 bedroom to 5 bedroom homes built in barn-like properties as well as a new village green at the heart of the masterplan and will be developed by Barratt Homes and Ward Homes. The Mayor has supported Croydon Council’s decision to grant outline permission for 488 homes and full consent for 187 homes.

In March, the Mayor announced two more sites being released to the market, offering the potential for at least 900 homes, in Newham around the Royal Docks.

A spokesman for Barratt Homes and Ward Homes said: ‘We are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped to get the plans to this stage, in particular to the residents and local stakeholders who have provided us with such valuable feedback about our proposals.

‘We will continue our work with the local authority, residents and local stakeholders going forward as the plans continue to evolve during the next stages to ensure that we deliver a sustainable community on this prominent site which fits in with the surrounding landscape.’

The Cane Hill scheme is one of three housing projects which HTA have seen given the go-ahead in the past month.

Last week Westminster Council approved the 271-flat Ebury Bridge Estate scheme next to Victoria railway station. The Ebury Bridge Estate will see the demolition of exisiting blocks to create a new neighbourhood which has been designed to reinterpret the historic mansion blocks of Westminster.

Tower Hamlets council has also given the 188 unit Queen Elizabeth Hospital scheme the green light.



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