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Hayes housing development 'targets elderly'

PUBLISHED: 10:08 23 March 2011

Hayes village hall

 lto r Patricia Ragless, Jenny Peel, Mark Ragless , Dave Butler , Robert Bolland, Shirley Read and John Webber

Hayes village hall lto r Patricia Ragless, Jenny Peel, Mark Ragless , Dave Butler , Robert Bolland, Shirley Read and John Webber

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Residents claim 'vulnerable' elderly members of their community have been targeted under plans to demolish their homes.

John Webber

Housing association Affinity Sutton wants to bulldoze 48 homes in Hayes Place, but proposals were met with criticism from many who attended a consultation event in Hayes Village Hall on Friday.

Affinity Sutton announced last year that it has long-term plans to build 41 new homes on the site. This would comprise 26 for private sale, five for shared ownership targeted at first-time buyers, two affordable family homes and just eight flats for older people.

Affinity Sutton said it is ‘pressing ahead’ with the plans and is about to submit an outline application to Bromley council.

But resident John Webber, 66, said: “We think Affinity Sutton have targeted the most vulnerable people in our society — the elderly — the one group of people a housing association should be looking after and protecting in their twilight years.

“Regarding the proposed new eight flats for the elderly — these are not warden controlled but will have a floating support worker attached. Those elderly people we have spoken to say they do not want to live on a housing estate full of young children; they want what they had before, a quiet, peaceful, secure home built especially for old people.

“Britain has an aging population now and we should be preserving these flats for old people not demolishing them. There was always a waiting list for these flats.”

Affinity claims the flats are too small for single person occupancy and that they are in desperate need of modernisation. It has moved the majority of residents, but 11 have yet to find alternative accommodation.

Affinity Sutton head of development, Ian Scott, said: “Over the last 18 months we have been working closely with our residents at Hayes Place, their families and local councillors to find them better quality accommodation nearby. Now in line with our long term redevelopment plans for the site we intend to submit an outline planning application.

“We think the proposals provide a range of opportunities for local people to either purchase, part purchase or rent a good quality new home and invited the community to comment on the plans at a specially organised drop-in session.”

What do you think? E-mail michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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