Lewisham Council’s ambitious new housing programme was launched today by Damien Egan, mayor of Lewisham, and Cllr Paul Bell, cabinet member for housing. They announced 23 new sites at design and consultation stage where high-quality, council homes will be built by Lewisham Homes, the council’s housing company, as well as various housing associations.
Building for Lewisham will deliver much needed social homes for residents most in need of housing. Some 2,300 Lewisham families are currently living in temporary accommodation, of which over 700 people stay in nightly paid accommodation.
The 23 new sites will provide more than 500 social homes, with a mixture of one, two and three bedroomed homes, and the council has already delivered new social homes across 13 sites with a further 27 sites already being built or having received planning consent.
‘Having a secure home makes such a difference to people’s lives,’ Damien Egan said. ‘The Building for Lewisham programme means we can continue to build hundreds more council homes that our residents so desperately need.’
Building for Lewisham is already supported by £37.7m Homes for Londoners funding from the mayor of London. The Greater London Authority has agreed an additional £1.5m to enable the council to build council homes on five other small sites delivered by Lewisham Homes.
‘We are proud to be the principal delivery agent for the Building for Lewisham programme,’ Lewisham Homes board chair Ainsley Forbes commented. ‘We are due to start on site on approximately 200 new homes for social rent by April this year, and look forward to building high-quality homes for Lewisham on a large scale for years to come.’
Read more about the Building for Lewisham programme and find out further information about the completed and upcoming sites at: www.lewisham.gov.uk/buildingforlewisham