Lewisham Council own the site and currently use it for temporary modular homes that can be easily moved to another site. The long term intention has always been to build permanent homes on site, with up to 50 per cent at social housing levels.
The figures for new homes are contained within a screening opinion submission seen here. These are early draft plans asking looking into whether such numbers are suitable.
It’ll be interesting, and revealing, to see if Greenwich Council follow a similar model at the Waterfront site in Woolwich when it closes, and also at a new leisure centre development at General Gordon Square.
They own the land which currently houses Wilkos and a large car park behind. Will they take a major role in providing housing above and behind the new lesiure centre to meet the need for truly affordable housing, or offer to a private developer to build and gain the “affordable” scraps after they take a 20 per cent profit?
So far ambition has been limited almost entirely to low-rise housing, and as good as some is, does not going to get close to meeting severe demand in the borough, with latest figures show homeless households have risen to record highs.