Labour-run Lewisham Council puts profit before housing need

Labour-run Lewisham intends letting flats at private sector rents rather than make them available to people who need them.  Liberal Democrats believe the plan is completely barmy.

“There are 10,079 households on Lewisham’s housing waiting list and over 2,000 people in temporary accommodation,” said Mark Bennett Lib Dem campaigner. “But rather than give 16 of those families a decent home, the Labour Council has cobbled together a barmy plan to become a private sector landlord.”

The Council owns one third of a site off Copperas Street, Deptford where developer Kitewood propose building 393 flats in two multi-storey towers. There will also be an extension to the neighbouring Laban Dance Faculty. 

Despite owning a large chunk of the land, there will be no social housing in the scheme.  Instead of the 50% affordable housing that the Council’s own policy says is required, this development only includes 15% shared ownership flats.

The Council will receive 16 flats and some cash for its land.  The Labour Council wants to generate £255,000 per year by charging private sector rents for those flats.

“The money the Labour Mayor hopes to generate equates to barely 0.1% of the Council’s 2019 income” continued Mark. “According to Right Move, the average property in Lewisham now costs about £538,000. What on earth does the Labour Party think it’s going to do with £255,000?”

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