Lewisham Council has gained planning permission to build a block of six new council homes on the site of a derelict building at 118 Canonbie Road in Forest Hill, which Lewisham Homes is now tasked with delivering.
Unfit for human habitation when Lewisham Council acquired it 2015, the building will now be demolished and replaced with a three-storey development including six two- and three-bed self-contained flats. This will be part of the London Borough of Lewisham’s ambitious programme to increase its social rent housing stock, ‘Building for Lewisham’, for which Lewisham Homes is the principal direct delivery agent.
These six homes will be used as temporary housing, which the council has identified as a particularly pressing need. There are currently around 2,300 families in temporary accommodation throughout Lewisham, of which over 735 stay in nightly paid accommodation.
The development will be car-free and include 12 cycle spaces and a large shared garden.
Councillor Paul Bell, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“As part of our ‘Building for Lewisham’ programme, 118 Canonbie Road represents our dedication to meeting the long-term housing needs of local residents across the borough. We are proud that this housing scheme will deliver high-quality, genuinely affordable homes while supporting residents to stay within their local community.”