Plans for 64 new affordable homes in Lewisham have been approved.

These proposed new homes are part of the Building for Lewisham programme and will see three blocks constructed in place of the current Mayfield Hostel on Burnt Ash Hill.

Known as 'Mayfield', the affordable housing development will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, including 23 affordable rental homes with the remaining designated for shared ownership.

The development, next to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, will consist of three buildings, each between three and six storeys high, including balconies, and private and social amenities.

Notable features include a communal garden, eight ground-floor apartments made fully accessible, and children's play areas.

Lewisham Council has also said new trees will be planted while maintaining as many old trees as possible.

The council added that sustainability and accessibility have at the "forefront" of the design process.

The development will be car-free with the exception of six disabled parking spaces and will provide bicycle storage to promote more sustainable forms of travel.

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The project adheres to the Greater London Authority's 'Be Lean, Be Clean, Be Green' Energy Hierarchy standards, including the use of air source heat pumps.

The council's Building for Lewisham initiative aims to create more social and affordable homes throughout the borough, supported by grant funding from the Mayor of London.

Construction on the 'Mayfield' site is set to start within three years, and residents will be notified in advance about the start of development works.

The council thanked everyone who attended consultation meetings and provided "valuable feedback" for the planning application.

For more information about the Building for Lewisham programme contact