Brasted Close, Lewisham
Brasted Close is an 11 home, 100% permanently affordable project in Sydenham, Lewisham, and is London CLT's first direct development. The campaign for genuinely and permanently affordable homes is led by Lewisham Citizens, part of Citizens UK, who helped set London CLT up.
The campaign began with people in Lewisham talking about what challenges local people were faced with. A lack of affordable homes came up time and time again. Community-led, permanently affordable homes in the form of a community land trust was selected as a campaign priority, and Lewisham Citizens asked then East London CLT to expand its remit and start taking members from south of the river.
After years of local workshops and collaboration with Lewisham Council to develop designs, proposals were submitted for planning in June 2018, and the team received planning permission in April 2019. See here for the planning permission.
London CLT entered into a funding agreement with the GLA in October 2020 to help fund the project, and is scheduled to start on site in the first half of 2021.
We hope residents will be in their homes by summer 2022!
Nano McCaughan of South London Citizens shares her story of the campaign:
“Years ago, in May 2014, Lewisham Citizens made the first approach to the [then] Mayor of the Borough, Sir Steve Bullock at an Assembly of 400 Lewisham Citizens, to request the Council to provide us with some land on which to build some CLT homes. He responded positively if cautiously to that request, which it fell to me to make, and after many explanatory meetings first with Mayor and Councillors, and later with Council officials, we were granted a garage site in Sydenham, part of a council housing estate.
We made overtures to the residents and neighbours, and gradually built up a steering committee to help us with the plans, they chose an architects team, who also were very community orientated, and in May 2018 our plan went to the Council. We... are delighted with the beautiful, thoughtful plan our team have finalised and shown to the residents.”