Bedsit clearance plan continues apace

Thu 22 November 2012, 3:19 pm

Enfield Council has entered the third phase of demolition work on outdated sheltered-housing blocks.

The 1950s and 60s bedsits in Parsonage Lane had been unoccupied for the past three years, and will be replaced by 24 new family homes.

Councillor Ahmet Oykener, Enfield’s cabinet member for housing, said the condemned bedsits had cramped facilities that belonged 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,” he said.

“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.”

Parsonage Lane is the latest site to be cleared by demolition partner Clifford Devlin, following the start of work at Jasper Close and Tudor Crescent. The remaining sites are Forty Hill, Lavender Hill, and St George’s Road.

In total, Enfield expects the clearances to allow the construction of 80 new family homes, some of which will be available for private sale.

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