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Hammer comes down on old blocks

Published Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Enfield Council is demolishing ten old sheltered housing blocks in Parsonage Lane, making way for new family housing and signalling the end of these old bedsits which date back to the 50s and 60s.

Having outgrown their usefulness several years ago these tired old blocks have been unoccupied for the last three years.

Excavators fitted with hydraulic munches and water sprays to minimise noise and dust, will be smashing the first bricks and mortar bringing down walls and fittings over the next ten weeks, getting the site ready for 24 new homes.

his is part of Enfield’s small housing sites project which started in September. The aim is to demolish six disused sheltered housing schemes across the borough freeing them for 80 much needed family homes.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing, said, “Originally built as single bedsits for older people these small blocks had cramped facilities that belong to a past age.

“At the time they played a part in offering safe housing for older and often vulnerable people – but we have moved on and have enough good sheltered housing in the borough today offering greater dignity and community facilities.

“The blocks are not suitable for refurbishment since their original construction was based on single person living.

“We are determined to bring the sites back into use for affordable family housing and home ownership and intend to have all six sites cleared and ready by spring 2013 with plans for 80 new private and council family homes.”

Demolition partners Clifford Devlin are working on all six sites in the borough using safe and efficient methods to minimise disruption and dust.

Since September, Clifford Devlin has cleared sites at Jasper Close in Enfield Wash and Tudor Crescent in Enfield Chase.

The remaining sites are at: Forty Hill, Lavender Hill at the junction with Blossom Lane, St George’s Road.

All new council housing in Enfield will conform to London Housing Design Guide standards and reflect the built character of the surrounding area.

A redevelopment partner will be required to work on site from September 2013, with the first new build properties completed by summer 2014.

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