1950s housing estate to be replaced with 193 homes, a new GP surgery and pharmacy

Plans to bulldoze a “scruffy” 1950s housing estate and replace it with 193 homes, a new GP surgery and pharmacy are under way – but locals have mixed feelings.

Wandsworth council is redeveloping the site in Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, by knocking down the old shops, flats, GP surgery and pharmacy, with many residents excited for the upgrade.

But some locals fear there will be a lack of parking and more congestion in the area, while pharmacists are concerned they will lose money during the works.

The old health centre will remain open and in use until the new one is completed.

Some 86 of the 193 new flats will be affordable – 44.5 per cent.

Karwan Nagada, pharmacist on the site, said the plans will “upgrade the area” as well as the pharmacy.

He said: “Hopefully we will get the same size pharmacy as we have now, but obviously we don’t know how much it will be a reduction financially.

“We hope we’re not losing much but the council have to demolish this, which we want.”

Charmane Appiah, a local resident, said: “I think it’s good for the community because I’m sure there are a lot of people waiting on the housing list and it’s good if people want to buy affordable housing.”

The 34-year-old added: “It would be nice to make it more modern, to polish it up and make it a little bit nicer for people.”

Ann Smith, 62, said: “I think it will be quite good because there’ll be a new surgery, it’s very outdated so it needs it.

“It looks scruffy, the toilets aren’t that great in there, everything just needs totally updating.”

Resident John Wallace said: “This is probably one of the best run health centres for any GP surgery I’ve come across anywhere.

“I think that as soon as that’s done, the better. They could use a much bigger facility and I think it’ll be a great improvement.”

The 74-year-old explained: “Wandsworth council’s decision on house building has always been very good.

“It has managed to blend the ability to make some profit out of it which benefits everybody and for those who have less money to spend, it’s provided for that as well.”

But resident Veronique Gerber is not happy with the development. She said: “I know that the residents here are worried about traffic and congestion because already we can’t find enough parking spaces.”

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “This represents another key element in our plans to revitalise and improve this part of Garratt Lane.

“The high-quality homes will not only help revitalise the area, but also improve the
visual amenity of these streets by restoring parts of the historic street pattern.”

 


 

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