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Housing boost for Lewisham as we agree to start redevelopment plans to build 200 new homes

Up to 200 new homes – 50% of which will be social homes – will be built on the site of the PLACE/Ladywell temporary housing development in central Lewisham, after being given the green light at a meeting of Mayor and Cabinet on 13 March 2019.

The redevelopment plans contribute to our commitment to deliver 1,000 new social homes by 2022.

The site currently houses the award-winning PLACE/Ladywell temporary housing scheme and has always been earmarked for wider development. It was an innovative meanwhile use of a vacant development site to tackle homelessness and meet the high demand for housing in the borough.

Councillor Paul Bell, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: ‘After initial investigations involving our hard-working teams at Lewisham Council and Lewisham Homes, we are now in a position to move forward to carry out detailed feasibility work to build around 200 new homes where 50% will be council-owned social rented properties. This is an important step in delivering much-needed homes in our community.'

Council officers will now begin the process to appoint architects to design the development. Local residents, councillors, community groups and other stakeholders will be consulted about the redevelopment plans.

As part of the plans, the PLACE/Ladywell building will be relocated to another part of Lewisham and will continue to be used to temporarily house homeless families while they wait for permanent housing.

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