Housing is now taking shape on the former site of Tidemill school in Deptford after years of argument and protest.
Plans for 209 homes were approved back in October 2017 which saw opposition due to felling trees on site and the removal of a community garden.
Lewisham Council then paid tens of thousands to hire private security to patrol the grounds.
Tidemill primary school left the site and moved into nearby premises back in 2012. It’s now known as Tidemill Academy. Many of the former Victorian school buildings are to be converted and extended to incorporate 51 homes. 158 homes will be in new buildings alongside.
When complete, Lewisham state 117 out of 209 homes will be social rent housing administered by Peabody. An existing housing block including 13 homes is to be demolished leaving a net increase of 104.
The use of the term social rent has proved contentious as rents will be London Affordable Rent which are set at a higher than the previous social rent level.
A loss of trees was a major issue during planning with mature trees removed. Lewisham responded to say there will be a net increase, with many new trees being semi-mature.
Work on the firs two stages is expected to complete by spring 2022 with the third following in 2023.