Another stage of the flagship Lewisham Gateway project has been approved by a council planning board, with 169 more homes on the way - but no affordable housing at all.

The latest phase brings the total number of homes approved so far to 362 - all for private buyers in one of south east London's most deprived areas.

Phase two of the project will see two buildings of 15 and 22 storeys, with a terrace overlooking Confluence Place.

And all the homes will be for private sale, with confidential documents - independently assessed by the council - claiming affordable housing in the two buildings is "not viable".

Back in 2013, phase one of the development was approved offering 193 units - again, with no affordable housing whatsoever.

It is now feared  the original affordable housing target agreed for the whole site - 20 per cent - will be reduced to virtually none at all.

Helen Mercer from Lewisham People Before Profit, who campaigned against the development, said: "The Gateway development has nothing for the people of lewisham and brings additional residents without providing any additional schools, medical care, trains, buses, open space.

"There is large loss of green space causing more run off and increased risk of flooding. Promises of affordable homes have proved to be empty.

"This was inevitable given that developers could only make a profit on this vanity project by getting subsidies and maximising income from sales."

Overall, the Gateway project - which suffered years of delays due to the economic crisis and was criticised for its 'Croydon' style design - will transform the area around Loampit Vale roundabout and the station with a new road layout, shops and around 800 homes. 

Doug Finlay from Muse said: "This is a major milestone for the scheme and another exciting step in creating the new jobs, homes and open space that will transform the old roundabout into a vibrant new extension to Lewisham town centre. Construction is expected to start in late Spring 2015." 

Work to create the first two buildings and new road layout has been underway since May, with the newly aligned Rennell Street almost complete and the first of the new buildings already rising above ground level. 

Last month, work around the station was widely blamed for contributing to flooding in the area, though Muse say measures are in place to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.

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