A number of community groups across London are campaigning for a CLT in their community. Beyond our original focus of St Clements and the Olympic Park, Lewisham is furthest ahead.
In Lewisham, the campaign for genuinely and permanently affordable homes was led by Lewisham Citizens, part of registered charity Citizens UK. Lewisham Citizens held an assembly with 400 people prior to the local elections in 2014 and persuaded the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, to work with local people to deliver CLT homes in the borough.
Steve Bullock committed to delivering a CLT in the borough, and after extensive community site walks and a local membership drive, London CLT and Lewisham Citizens obtained a statement of intent, outlining in writing that ‘The Council is committed to working with London CLT and Lewisham Citizens to deliver a CLT in Lewisham’ and that ‘specific potential sites are being discussed.’
On 23 March 2016, all their hard work paid off. Having considered an officer report, and a presentation by the Cabinet Member for Housing, the Mayor agreed that the garage site on the Brasted Close estate, Sydenham, should be declared surplus to the Council’s requirements and that officers would work with the London CLT and Lewisham Citizens for a period of twelve months to develop a fully affordable housing scheme for the site. To see the full minutes of the decision go to item 391.
Progress is now underway to submit our planning application for Brasted Close in 2017.