The Greenwood Place project
About the plans for Greenwood Place
On 19 Dec 2013 Camden Council’s Planning Committee granted planning consent for a new Community Resource Centre at Greenwood Place in Kentish Town.
The new community resource centre is expected to open in Autumn 2016 and will provide separate, dedicated, high-quality services for people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health problems. In addition, it will offer new services for younger people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autism.
It will also host Camden's first ever Centre for Independent Living (CIL) which will give people with disabilities a centre for advice, guidance and support, with the latest equipment and technology to help people live more independently.
Services currently being run from Raglan House (dementia) and Highgate Day Centre (mental health conditions) will move into the new building once it opens along with the New Shoots service (learning disabilities) which is currently being run from Shoot Up Hill in Fortune Green.
The original consultation discussed the possibility of moving Netherwood day service (dementia) into the new building at Greenwood Place, in response to the findings of the public consultation, Camden’s Cabinet decided that Netherwood Day Centre should stay in its current building in Kilburn.
The vision for Greenwood Place
vision is to provide a space that promotes well-being, a good quality of life and
independence, in a safe and secure environment, that is easily accessible for all.
There are lots of opportunities a new centre at Greenwood Place will bring, including:
- Separate, dedicated, high quality support for people with learning disabilities, dementia and mental health problems.
- Camden’s first ever Centre for Independent Living (CIL).
- New services that currently do not exist in Camden, including services for younger people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autism.
- Facilities and space that can be used by the whole community, such as a cafe or juice bar and accessible meeting rooms.
- Flexible spaces which can be hired out by community groups when needed.
- A building which can be used by social enterprises to provide training and employment opportunities. A social enterprise is a business with a social aim that re-invests any profit back into services or the community.
How will a new centre be paid for?
In 2010 we adopted a 15 year programme for improving our buildings and services. This is called the Community Investment Programme (CIP) - the Greenwood Place proposal is a part of the CIP.
The CIP was designed to ensure that we make the best use of our assets and continue investing in Camden’s future and places. Through the CIP we will sell or redevelop properties that are out of date, expensive to maintain, or underused and difficult to access. This will help us generate money that is not otherwise available to reinvest into improving services and facilities across Camden.
The construction of the new centre at Greenwood Place will be paid for by selling some existing service buildings (Raglan House, Shoot Up Hill and Highgate Day Centre) that will no longer be needed once the new centre is ready.