Lewisham Council has approved the development of 94 new council homes.
In a meeting held on Thursday, the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock approved plans to build new homes in New Cross, Blackheath and Forest Hill.
The plans are part of the council’s on-going ‘Housing Matters’ programme, which aims to deliver 250 new council homes by 2017.
John Hamilton, a campaign officer for Lewisham People Before Profit said: “The new homes will go a small way in confronting the shortage of affordable houses, however, with around 400 families living in temporary accommodation and almost 18,000 on the housing list the 94 new homes do not tackle the issue.”
He added: “The amount paid to private landlords is excessive and the money spent on the rent could have been used to build more affordable homes.”
The homes will be built on idle council land including disused rows of garages.
The plans approved on Wednesday sanction the development of 23 new homes in Forest Hill’s Longfield Crescent and 15 in Wood Vale.
A further 32 are planned for Dacre Street, Forest Hill, and Boone Street in Blackheath.
18 new homes will replace the disused garage site on New Cross’ Achilles Street.
The remaining six homes will be built between Mercator Road and Lee High Road, Lewisham.
The homes will be the first new council homes to be built in the borough in over 30 years.
The Council also confirmed that they have secured 189 new units of extra care housing for older people by the end of the financial year 2016/2017 in the meeting.