On 9 October 2018, Lewisham Homes and Lewisham Council jointly decided to withdraw the planning application for the proposed Hillcrest housing development in Sydenham.
Following extensive public consultation, and after listening to local concerns about existing green space at the proposed site, Lewisham Homes and the Council commissioned further research which was undertaken by an independent ecological expert.
Lewisham Homes and Lewisham Council will continue to work together in full consultation with the community to identify new sites for development, in order to achieve Mayor Egan’s target of 1,500 new social homes by 2022.
You can download the independent ecologist’s report here.
Project stage Application withdrawn
Number of new homes 22
Number of homes for social rent 22
Number of homes for sale 0
Our initial response to concerns raised by residents was as follows:
|You said||Our response|
|The new homes should all be for council tenants||All 22 of the new flats and houses will be council homes|
|We’re concerned about the woodland and the wider environment.||We’ve protected trees and looked to avoid the loss of high value trees wherever possible. We’ve reduced the size of the house on Bluebell Close to improve access to the Green Chain Walk.|
|We’re concerned about privacy.||We’ve changed the location of the windows and adjusted the design of the balconies to make sure we maintain the privacy of exiting residents.|
|We’re concerned about flooding.||Thames Water has confirmed the existing sewers are sufficient for 22 new homes. The green roofs on the new homes mean the amount of water which will runs off them is reduced. We’ve also included a drainage survey within our planning application.|