Deptford tower by Laban Centre scorned by City Hall

The Greater London Authority have heavily criticised plans for towers beside the Laban Centre in Deptford.

GLA Officers are critical of the low amount of so-called affordable housing – just 10%.

As I wrote when I covered the application, those figures seem very low:

“it’s hard to believe it will gain approval from Lewisham Council or the Mayor at such a level.”

How things have changed when that’s all that was apparently viable on what was a manure works.

As well as “affordable” homes comprising just 10% of homes, they were shared-ownership so not particularly affordable to most given buyers would only own a small percentage of a home for high cost AND be paying rent and service charges on top. The developer would be quids in.

In addition, as the GLA states, “a third of the site is in public ownership; 20% is being contributed by Trinity Laban at no cost to the applicant; and the majority of the site is former industrial land.”

This will hopefully be a wake up call to developers who will revise plans to include far more affordable. If plans really are unviable (and that’s a big if), then they’ve way overpaid for the land. Land price speculation is killing affordability and needs to change.




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J Smith

I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

One thought on “Deptford tower by Laban Centre scorned by City Hall

  • It stinks on all kinds of level. Planning committees are not challenging developers on affordability because at the end of the day, the councils still get s106 receipts and income from council tax. I am glad that City Hall is holding someone to account.


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