New figures challenge Lewisham Labour’s commitment to affordable homes

New figures revealed in the London Assembly show Lewisham council has consistently failed to deliver the numbers of council and other affordable homes needed to address the borough’s housing crisis.

This is despite the Labour’s group’s promise in its 2018 council manifesto to build 1,000 social homes and to ensure that at least 50% of all developer led projects would be homes at genuinely affordable rents.

The figures from the London Assembly show that just 17 new homes were built at social or London affordable rent levels in the past five years. Ironically, the figures were revealed to London Assembly member Tom Copley, who also sits as a Labour member on Lewisham council.

The figures come on top of continued concern that Lewisham Council is failing to stand up to private developers and letting them get away with few affordable homes in private accommodation.

Recent examples of low numbers of affordable homes in developments approved by all-Labour planning committees include:

  • Silver Road development – 25% affordable homes
  • Conington Road – 20% affordable on 365 home scheme
  • Carpetright site on Loampit Vale – 29% on 319 homes
  • Mayow Road – 35% affordable on 60 homes
  • Bell Green development approved with no affordable housing on a 23 home development
  • Sydenham Road site with 14% affordable rent and 14% shared ownership on 28 home development

Most of these homes have yet to be built and many of the “affordable” homes listed are at higher rents than at social rent or London affordable rent levels, showing that under Mayor Damien Egan Lewisham Council will still fail to deliver genuinely affordable housing.

Lewisham Lib Dem spokesperson Bobby Dean said: “Tackling the housing crisis needs more than promises from Labour. The facts on the ground show that Lewisham are failing to deliver the affordable homes people need. We need a council that is focused on delivery rather than spin.

“We also need a council that stands up to developers and insists they play their part and deliver their fair share of affordable homes. Despite Labour’s claims at the last election that they would ensure half of all new privately led homes would be affordable, the sad fact is that they are settling for less. People in Lewisham are tired of this complacent council and demand better.”





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