Lewisham to sell off 20 per cent of its new housing

Lewisham to sell off 20 per cent of its new council housing

Lewisham to sell off 20 per cent of its new council housing

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Lewisham Council has trumpeted plans to build new homes - but a report shows it wants to flog 20 per cent of them to private buyers.

The new properties - the borough's first social housing since the 1980s - were initially promised in 2012 for delivery over the following five years and were a central plank of Labour's election campaign.

However, a report for next week's housing select committee states for the first time that 20 per cent of the homes will be sold-off, with the surplus "re-invested in the delivery of more social housing."

Lewisham Council now says that proceeds from around 100 homes being sold will help build 500 council homes instead of the original target of 250.

But Daniel Strange from campaign group Lewisham Defend Council Housing said: "We think this is an outrageous decision at this time of dire housing need, and appears quite duplicitous after this development and the council's housing promises were a big part of the local election imagery - lots of shots of the mayor in front of the site hoardings, for example.

"We'd like the council to explain this and reverse its decision to play at being a private developer."

Work has started on the first six new houses, due to be ready next January. There are plans for more to follow with 23 in Forest Hills' Longfield Crescent and another 18 in Woodvale.

The council also wants 32 homes in Blackheath's Dacre Park and Boone Street, 22 in Achilles Street, New Cross and a further 15 at Blackheath's Lawn Terrace.

But Mr Strange said: "The most critical factor in the local housing crisis isn’t a lack of properties to buy, but the lack of properties to rent at truly affordable levels."

A Lewisham Council spokesman said: “The council has now agreed a new target of 500 new council homes in the next five years. And we will pay for these additional council homes by building a small number of homes for private sale.

“It is by ploughing the sales receipts from these private homes back into the homes for social rent that we can be more ambitious with our council house building programme. That’s a win for families on our council waiting list and a win for those wanting to buy their own homes.”

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1:23pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Boris bighead says...

What a joke, worse than a Tory borough.
What a joke, worse than a Tory borough. Boris bighead
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1:29pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Germinal says...

Each new private housing development takes away land for council house building. There is limited supply. It pushes up the cost of the remaining land (competition) and makes it more unaffordable for council housing.
Each new private housing development takes away land for council house building. There is limited supply. It pushes up the cost of the remaining land (competition) and makes it more unaffordable for council housing. Germinal
  • Score: 0

12:17am Sun 20 Jul 14

zampa says...

“It is by ploughing the sales receipts from these private homes back into the homes for social rent that we can be more ambitious with our council house building programme. That’s a win for families on our council waiting list and a win for those wanting to buy their own homes.”
What a joke, this council cannot look after the properties it has at the moment, some of the areas are becoming run down unless you are on Bullock's look after these people list. Tory Borough all the way.
“It is by ploughing the sales receipts from these private homes back into the homes for social rent that we can be more ambitious with our council house building programme. That’s a win for families on our council waiting list and a win for those wanting to buy their own homes.” What a joke, this council cannot look after the properties it has at the moment, some of the areas are becoming run down unless you are on Bullock's look after these people list. Tory Borough all the way. zampa
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11:14am Wed 23 Jul 14

hogarth24 says...

Thank you so much Lewisham People Before Profit @ Defend Council homes for exposing Labour party abuse yet again. Sadly voters were aware of Labours terriblie record on social housing but chose to elect them over the woderful community work and campaigns lead by Lewisham People Before Profit..When you fail to vote or ignore the warnings. do not get surprised when you end up with a Council with No opposition, No accountability and No scrutiney . Since May LPB4P have campaigned as if elected. How different from Labour who we will hear nothing from until they want our votes in 4 years time. Just sick my Votes for Lewisham People Before Profit have not insured i have a voice on the council.., We need to change the voting system for local Councils, and Voters need to wake up and taste the coffee. Labour Party is just another friend of Big business interests, just use our votes to make it appear Legal...
Thank you so much Lewisham People Before Profit @ Defend Council homes for exposing Labour party abuse yet again. Sadly voters were aware of Labours terriblie record on social housing but chose to elect them over the woderful community work and campaigns lead by Lewisham People Before Profit..When you fail to vote or ignore the warnings. do not get surprised when you end up with a Council with No opposition, No accountability and No scrutiney . Since May LPB4P have campaigned as if elected. How different from Labour who we will hear nothing from until they want our votes in 4 years time. Just sick my Votes for Lewisham People Before Profit have not insured i have a voice on the council.., We need to change the voting system for local Councils, and Voters need to wake up and taste the coffee. Labour Party is just another friend of Big business interests, just use our votes to make it appear Legal... hogarth24
  • Score: -1

11:17am Wed 23 Jul 14

hogarth24 says...

Boris bighead wrote:
What a joke, worse than a Tory borough.
Living in Lewisham these past 20 years, feel that it is run by developers and property speculators ..With Privatisation and cuts. seems most residents who vote Labour, are like turkeys voting for christmas..Labour Lewisham a party for the brain dead and people to stupid to realise that Labour party was hijecked by big business under Blair..
[quote][p][bold]Boris bighead[/bold] wrote: What a joke, worse than a Tory borough.[/p][/quote]Living in Lewisham these past 20 years, feel that it is run by developers and property speculators ..With Privatisation and cuts. seems most residents who vote Labour, are like turkeys voting for christmas..Labour Lewisham a party for the brain dead and people to stupid to realise that Labour party was hijecked by big business under Blair.. hogarth24
  • Score: -1

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