Lewisham Liberal Democrats have called on Lewisham Council to seize the opportunity presented by the Government’s new policy on ‘borrow to build’ and to double its target of building 1,000 new social homes by 2022 to 2,000.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s announced in her keynote speech to Conservative Party Conference last week that the Government will lift the cap on how much money councils can borrow to build new homes.
The policy, which was in the Liberal Democrats Manifesto for the General Election in 2017, dramatically increases Lewisham Council’s powers to build more homes. Lewisham Labour’s Council manifesto commitments are therefore outdated and should be revised to take account of these new powers.
Bobby Dean, Spokesperson for Lewisham Liberal Democrats said:
“These new powers are a game-changer and Lewisham Council must make full use of them to end the housing crisis in our area. To show real ambition, the target of 1,000 new social homes by 2022 should now be doubled to 2,000. With the power now in their hands, the Council now has no excuse and should get on with ambitious planning.”