A former police station in Belvedere is set to be bulldozed to make way for two dozen new flats.
Homeland London Limited has asked the council if it can concrete over the old cop shop in Nuxley Road for a new block of luxury pads.Earlier this year the disused station was being used by rough sleepers who were refusing offers of help from the council.
Planning officers at the council have now recommended the plans be approved at a meeting next Thursday, March 1.In a new report, officers said: “The proposed development would make a useful contribution to the borough’s housing and affordable housing targets.
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The former nick was home to a youth offending team, a crime reduction unit and a community disorder team.Nearly 60 neighbours wrote to the council to oppose the scheme, claiming the new build would be too tall, overdevelop the area and would cause parking problems.A petition of more than 200 signatures was also handed in, based on the idea that the development would overwhelm All Saints Church.
Officers said: “Overall, the development in the manner proposed is considered acceptable in that it would not appear out of character in this area, nor would it have a detrimental impact on the visual amenities of the street scene.“The development will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of Belvedere with residential development on a former police station bringing much needed accommodation and affordable housing.
”If approved as expected, the developers will build 26 new apartments at the site.Belvedere has been earmarked in the council’s growth strategy for major regeneration, with a vision for up to 8,000 new homes by 2050.
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