Website News Articles – 08 October 2017
Revised item No 1: Almshouse planning application rejected: Southwark Council refused the planning application to build new almshouses on the open area next to the Judith Kerr School on Half Moon Lane on the following grounds:
The Dulwich Estate sent the press release below:
“Southwark Council’s decision to refuse planning consent for an Almshouse with 20 new life-time homes for the elderly in need, does not help the elderly residents of the Dulwich Almshouse, currently living in accommodation which is not fit for purpose.
The Dulwich Almshouse charity has made it clear there is great need for better sheltered housing for the older population to meet the current under-supply. The proposed development would have helped elderly residents lead independent lives, and avoid the risks to physical and mental wellbeing which can arise from remaining in homes which are no longer suitable for their needs.
The design proposal was by award-winning architects, and included scope for innovative inter-generational projects with the Judith Kerr school. We will be working with The Dulwich Almshouse, to consider next steps.”
The Friends of Judith Kerr School Playing Field Campaign have also made this statement:
“We are absolutely delighted that Southwark Council has refused permission for the Dulwich Almshouse Charity's application to build new Almshouses on the school playing field. We would like to thank Shoosmith's Solicitors, parents at the school, Helen Hayes MP, Ward Councillors Michael Mitchell and Jane Lyons and the wider community for their ongoing support.
The school community is thriving, the children are happy and the space continues to be used for play, sport, vegetable gardening and local community events. We're looking forward to continuing to care for the space and the trees, playing an active part in the community alongside all the other local schools.”