Lewisham Council’s Mayor and Cabinet will next week look at initiating Compulsory Purchase Order powers to obtain remaining land earmarked for the 1,132-home Timberyard development in Deptford. I looked at the scheme last year. Just over 10% of homes will be “affordable”.

Developers Lend Lease have acquired much of the site with some demolition already having occurred. They state they will not proceed until land owned by Shell is acquired. There is also land currently utilised by Safestore who have a lease for another 10 years.

Lend Lease state they will begin construction from Q2 2017 with first completions from Q3 2019.

The site is equidistant between Surrey Quays London Overground station and Deptford Southeastern station, which is 6 minutes from London Bridge and 10 from Cannon Street in the City of London. As I recently covered, will severe service cuts to Deptford station continue by the time this development starts to complete in 2019?

Southeastern managers were supposed to hold a “Meet the Manager” event last night at Cannon Street. In the event a broken down train and signal issues meant the station was closed due to overcrowding in the evening rush hour.

And in other Southeastern news – remember when the Department for Transport last December blocked plans for additional trains moving to Southeastern after leaving Thameslink?

They mentioned a Plan B for later in 2017. Guess what? That now seems off as well.

They talk about a lack of places to stable any extra carriages. The reason space is limited is due to the DfT making a continual hash of franchises and having no long term planning for many years. And they still think they can specify services better than TfL.