The former south London dog track has been earmarked for nearly 600 new homes in a £117m redevelopment scheme.
Barratt London was chosen by London mayor Boris Johnson to take on the project of turning the 4.7 hectare site into 589 properties, 113 of which would be for affordable rent and 60 for shared ownership with the remaining 416 under private ownership.
After the epic battle over Walthamstow Stadium, the mayor (and Barratt for that matter) will presumably be hoping their plans don’t meet with local objection. Johnson said:
“The transformation of Catford Dogs, which for the last decade has been left empty and unused, will not only bring hundreds of new homes to the heart of London, but will feed into the wider regeneration of Catford town centre.”
It will also be interesting to see if the affordable allocation on the development remains at the advertised level. 853 blog noted earlier this year that Greenwich’s Peninsula Quays development had its proportion of affordable housing cut and shifted towards City Peninsula and Greenwich Millennium Village with no prior consultation. Although building of affordable homes is increasing, it’s still a long way behind what London needs.
Meanwhile, although the Catford track closed 10 years ago, anyone who still wants to go to the dogs can visit one of London’s three remaining tracks at Crayford, Wimbledon and Romford, though Wimbledon’s future was looking doubtful last year too.
Work at Catford is expected to begin by early 2014 and the project is expected to be complete by 2017.