Lewisham Labour's affordable housing failure

Ade Fatukasi

Lewisham Labour can’t even meet affordable housing target on their own developments

In the last local elections, Lewisham Labour promised that new housing developments would have to provide at least 50% affordable homes as part of their delivery. We’ve previously covered how the council are letting private-led developments through with much lower shares of affordable housing. Now, they’re not even insisting on the 50% target for their own developments.

Lewisham council have just given planning permission to their own development in New Cross which includes just 35% affordable homes within the 324 home development. The project is part of a joint venture with private developer Grainger.

Lewisham Lib Dems are committed to tackling Lewisham’s housing crisis and would insist on developers delivering 50% affordable housing and challenge developers’ viability assessments that are used to wriggle out of commitments on affordability.

Ade Fatukasi, Lewisham Lib Dem candidate for the London Assembly, said:

“For far too long, Lewisham Council have let private developers get away with low levels of affordable housing in new developments. Now the council isn’t even delivering on its own developments. We need councillors who stand up to developers not go along with what’s convenient for the council’s relationships with them.”

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