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Developer to build new almshouses

Lewisham council has granted planning permission for 62 new almshouses to be built on an original almshouse site.

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The scheme, designed by PRP Architects for the Merchant Taylors’ Company, will provide one and two-bedroom almshouses in Belmont Park, designed for older people.

There will also be an adjacent development of 26 maisonettes and apartments for private sale, which will be accessed separately.

The new scheme replaces the Christopher Boone almshouses originally on the site, which were no longer suitable for elderly people, and will provide accommodation for people on low incomes in the area.

The new homes will be designed to allow independent living for older people, with full wheelchair access, extra space and communal facilities.

Anne-Marie Nicholson, director of the specialist housing group at PRP, said: ‘We are delighted to have achieved planning permission for this stunning scheme which takes on board all of the principles set out in the recent HAPPI report on housing for older people, in addition to the needs of the residents and local community.’

The Homes and Communities Agency’s Housing an Ageing Population Panel Innovation report, which was published earlier this year, suggested almshouses could be a model for future developments.

The Merchant Taylors’ Company is an ancient guild and Livery Company of the City of London, and has been providing and managing almshouses since 1413. It has operated in Lewisham since 1683.

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