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Lewisham Council secures funding from the Mayor of London to build 285 new social homes

Lewisham Council has secured nearly £70m from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to support the delivery of 456 new homes in the borough, including 285 social homes.

Nearly two-thirds of the total will be social homes for families on the Council’s housing waiting list, helping to tackle the housing crisis and provide new homes for those residents most in need. 

The £69,954,000 grant forms part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Homes for Londoners’ programme, providing funding to local councils and housing associations in order to deliver thousands of new affordable homes across London.

The funding will be used to deliver new Council house-building schemes in Ladywell and Evelyn, as well as the redevelopment of the Achilles Street Estate in New Cross, following the successful residents’ ballot in favour of estate regeneration in 2019.

It will also support the Council’s plans for Thomas’ Lane Yard, which will see up to 40 new social homes built as part of the development in the heart of Catford town centre. The scheme will also include a new public space with trees, greenery and a children’s play area, supporting the Council’s ambition for Catford to be the greenest town centre in London.

Cllr Paul Bell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, said:

“Tackling the housing crisis and building new social homes for local residents on our housing waiting list is one of the Council’s top priorities.

“We have made fantastic progress delivering new social homes through our Building for Lewisham programme and this funding will enable us to carry on that important work.

“I am grateful to Sadiq Khan, Tom Copley and the Greater London Authority for their support and making this money available to local councils like Lewisham. It will make a real difference to hundreds of lives.”

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