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Ready to move but how to get an accessible home?

PeterPan_2020PeterPan_2020 Member Posts: 4 Listener
My home does not suit my needs now and I am looking to move to Lewisham in London closer to work but found no suitable accessible home or flat. Where is the best place to find an accessible home?

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,364 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi I'm not sure for the area you are wanting. Are you looking for social housing or private rent 

    It's hard to find accessible housing anywhere 

    You could contact shelter while may have some advice 
  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 683 Pioneering
    There are loads of flats all round the Lewisham area.  Would it need to be fully wheelchair standard?   You will know about air quality and the South Circular.   There are pockets of surprisingly all right places, in the middle of what looks worrying places to live.   Even in Catford. 

     But the access thing is of course a problem because almost no U.K. housing stock is built that way, and even the supposedly enforced percentages of developments are easily not built, when developers have a get out clause of saying it won't be economically viable after all, or it won't be a practical possibility, after all.

    That's why I hoped all charities and some journalists would leap on the Public Consultation which closed today, and ask for it to be law that NO new build should be impossible for disabled people to live in. 
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,266

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    Hello @PeterPan_2020, love the username :) 

    Moving can be a challenging task, and finding accessible housing is very difficult unfortunately.

    You might find this page on our website useful, about finding suitable accommodation andmoving.

    What sort of home are you looking for? What would it need to have, or not have?
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  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 683 Pioneering
    With your user name, you should live at the top end of Lewisham near what is now Homebase and  has a pond with an island in it,  and which for generations has been known as Peter Pan's Pool!
  • PeterPan_2020PeterPan_2020 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you, Ross. The link is useful. I am looking at them now. Ideally, a flat for a wheelchair. 

    newborn said:
    With your user name, you should live at the top end of Lewisham near what is now Homebase and  has a pond with an island in it,  and which for generations has been known as Peter Pan's Pool!
    Lewisham sounds great with Lewisham College. Is there such thing as Peter Pan's Pool? Will search for it. 

    I am interested to find out more about the Public Consultation. What is it?

    Thank you. 
  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 683 Pioneering
    For actual pools, Blackheath is the place.  It has three, one with a duck island.  Near there is Morden College Alms Houses.  Over the heath is the wall of Greenwich Park, which has a hidden deer enclosure and The Maritime Museum at the top, with the Meridien line running through.  If you go at noon, the enormous ball on the roof shoots up  (hydraulic) and slowly sinks back.  Next to it is General Wolfe's statue, where you look down past the boating pond to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich University, Cutty Sark,  Water Ferry, Foot tunnel under the Thames .   That is all at the big loop of the Thames.  You see O2 too. To the right of the river is Woolwich free Ferry, and the Thames Barrier.    At the higher level, on the way to Woolwich, is  a  Jacobean building called Charlton House, used as  a library.  The Park also has Rangers House and Queens House.   Henry the 8th liked to chase either deer or ladies in the area.   If you live near Lewisham, go to Horniman Museum at Forest Hill, and look at the basement aquarium and the Butterfly House, when they open again.  

    The pool  called Peter Pans Pool had a miniature fun fair for years, generations in fact.   That's why all locals and older people still call  it Peter Pan's.  Homebase did away with the fair, for a car park.  It will probably officially just be called Homebase now, and it is known nowadays more for the fibre glass couple on a bench.   

    Will you be working or learning at the college?  A little way further is Goldsmiths College. Further beyond that is Peckham then Camberwell Art College.   A lot goes on in South (used to be pronounced Saahf ) London, but North of the river is a foreign land.  The strange people who live there always looked down their noses.   At one time, in the last century, there even had to be an Amending  Act of Parliament to instruct the Carriage Office to order black cab drivers  to accept fares to cross the river, they were so reluctant!.
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