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Residents fight plans for care homes on Mayford estate

Tenants fear round-the-clock noise but health chiefs say move will help people with additional support needs

23 October, 2019 — By Richard Osley

The Mayford estate near Oakley Square

COUNCIL tenants in Somers Town have appealed for plans to create a 24-hour care homes on their estate to be abandoned. Residents in Mayford in Oakley Square say they fear the proposed changes will lead to round-the-clock disturbances.

The estate has been home to a day centre but the council is looking at turning it into residential properties for five adults.

In objections filed with the council’s planning department, one objector said:“I have lived on the Mayford estate for 48 years and over the years I have had to listen to the screams coming from the day centre. In all my years I have never complained because at 3.30pm the noise would stop and I would get some quiet time.” He warned that the new set-up could lead to “noise 24/7”.

Another warned: “There will be more shouting and shrieking later into the night which will affect many residents and their young families.”

Ward councillor Paul Tomlinson said he was opposed because the day centre was used by tenants for meetings in the evenings. “Improved tenants’ activities could perhaps help to counter the current terrible drug dealing issues on the estate,” he said. But health chiefs are backing the scheme, warning that there is a shortage of suitable ground floor homes for people who need supported living units.

Camden’s clinical commissioning group’s strategic commissioner, Sarah Lui, said: “The provision of additional supported living accommodation for people with learning disabilities on the Mayford estate will significantly increase the quality and quantity of such accommodation-based support for some of Camden’s most vulnerable residents.”

Planners are reviewing the proposals.

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