New Cross development set to be 100 per cent social housing after council acquires project

Architectural rendering of the development on New Cross Road. Pic: Dowen Farmer Architects

A housing development on New Cross Road will now provide 35 new social homes to Lewisham residents on the housing waiting list after Lewisham Council acquired the project.

Before the council’s acquisition of the development, only 17 of the 35 new homes were to be social homes, with the remainder being offered as shared ownership.

The 11-storey development will be built at 52-54 New Cross Road, near the All Saints Hatcham Community Centre in New Cross.

Peckham-based architectural studio Dowen Farmer Architects designed the development and social housing organisation Lewisham Homes will manage it.

Developer Southern Grove will be leading the completion of the project alongside Lewisham Homes.

Construction of the homes is set to begin later this year and the development is projected to be completed in 2024.

Cllr Brenda Dacres, Cabinet Member for Housing Development and Planning said: “We’re pleased to be developing this site on behalf of Lewisham Council as part of our joint commitment to delivering new social homes for those in greatest need of housing.”

“This includes much-needed larger homes, which will provide stability to some of the 2,500 Lewisham families currently in temporary accommodation,” said Dacres.

In addition to the social homes, the scheme will also provide new green space for residents, homes with accessibility features, and storage space for 66 bikes.

Tom Slingsby, CEO of Southern Grove, commented: “We’re delighted that Lewisham Council has been able to go one step further and transform this scheme into social housing in its entirety.”

“Housing waiting lists remain a real problem across the capital and there’s huge potential for local authorities to work more closely with private developers to deliver projects such as this,” said Slingsby

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