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'Estate renewal' for ex-Church Commissioners homes in Waterloo

Plans to redevelop part of the Waterloo Estate formerly owned by the Church Commissioners will be revealed later this month.

Ospringe House and Ethelm House
Ospringe House and Ethelm House

It is ten years since Ospringe House, Croydon House, Charing House, Cornwall Flats and Ethelm House were sold by the Church Commissioners in a highly controversial 70 million deal which saw homes previously available on low rents move into the private sector.

In 2011 Canon Giles Goddard of St John's Waterloo and Fr Andrew Moughtin-Mumby of St Peter's Walworth led a service of repentance outside the Church Commissioners' offices in Westminster.

Canon Goddard said that the Commissioners had put "profit over people" in the sale which had led to "shame and injustice".

Now Grainger – which owns the former church housing – has rebranded Ospringe House, Croydon House, Charing House and Cornwall Flats as the 'OCCC Estate' and is poised to reveal plans for new homes and offices designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands architects.

The redevelopment includes the derelict former social centre and catering college at Ethelm House on the corner of Wootton Street and Cornwall Road.

In a flyer advertising consultation events, the company says: "Grainger is proposing that the OCCC undergoes comprehensive renewal to provide a modern development with new homes and facilities built for long-term residents and local people, and office space for local companies."

Public exhibitions will be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November.

• Grainger has launched a website for the OCCC Estate project at www.occcrenewal.co.uk

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