Deptford MP Vicky Foxcroft has voiced her objections to detailed plans for 124 new flats on plot 15 at historic dockyard Convoys Wharf, which have a ‘shortage’ of family homes and play space for children.

The plans form part of the Convoys Wharf scheme, which got outline planning permission for 3,500 new homes in 2014 from then-Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

More detailed plans have been submitted to Lewisham Council for the 16.6 hectare riverside site, which is a short walk from Deptford High Street.

But the scheme “proposes little of use for my constituency,” she said.

“Only half of the 124 homes planned for plot 15 will be available to the 10,000 people on the housing list,” she wrote on her website.

“Rent in plot 15 is expected to be 60 per cent higher than local authority rent and tenure is planned for five years rather than life time.

“There is a severe shortage of ‘family sized’ homes in Lewisham – as of April 2019, 1,301 households were waiting for homes with four bedrooms or more, but the council has a mere 645 properties of this size. Plot 15 wastes an opportunity to address this need,” she added.

She also slammed the lack of play space for children, with play spaces for under five’s included in private communal space, while older children are to use communal spaces and space off-site.

“This also raises concerns that…[the proposal] perpetuates a trend in modern private developments to segregate households on the basis of socio-economic backgrounds,” she said.

“The private playgrounds and gardens in Plot 15 will be closed to neighbouring estates whilst tenants in Convoys Wharf are free to enjoy the surrounding public spaces.”

She also encouraged residents to engage in the new community forum, which will be set up in the coming months, she said.