Earlsfield consultation opens

Wandsworth Council has launched a public consultation into plans to regenerate and revitalise a stretch of Garratt Lane in Earlsfield.

The centrepiece of the proposals is for a new primary school to be built on the site of the soon-to-be vacant Atheldene Centre, but the council think there is scope for a wider regeneration scheme in this part of Earlsfield that could deliver new homes, shops, jobs and a modern community healthcare facility to replace the ageing Brocklebank health centre.

As well as the Atheldene Centre, the council owns a number of adjacent buildings which are all vacant and surplus to requirements.

These buildings, which are located in Wilna Road, Atheldene Road and Waverton Road, are in a generally poor condition and the council believes their replacement with new homes would help revitalise the area.

A new community healthcare facility a replacement for the Brocklebank would create the opportunity to provide a wider range of health services than is currently possible in the existing centre.

If the schemes are approved following the public consultation the work would be carried out in three separate phases.

Phase one would see the construction of a new primary school on the Atheldene site along with an adjacent nursery which would open in September 2015. The Atheldene site is also big enough to include a small residential development on land fronting Oakshaw Road.

The Atheldene centre will become vacant in the early part of 2014.

Phase two of the scheme would see the construction of around 26 new houses and 43 flats on land currently occupied by the vacant council-owned buildings in Wilna Road, Waverton Road and Atheldene Road.

This would improve the area’s visual amenity by restoring the original street pattern and layout by extending the terraces in Atheldene Road and Winfrith Road and reinstating the link from Wilna Road to Garratt Lane.

Phase three of the scheme could provide a modern health centre, replacement shops and up to 75 flats on land at the corner of Swaffield Road and Garratt Lane, which is currently occupied by the existing 1960’s-built health centre, shops and a car park.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “This is a golden opportunity to revitalise and improve this somewhat neglected part of Garratt Lane.

“There is now the prospect of some serious investment to replace the frankly shabby and unattractive council-owned buildings in this corner of Earlsfield with a new state-of-the-art health centre, a much needed primary school, better shops and smart new modern family homes and apartments.”

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