Development

There is a major shortage of affordable housing in Lewisham and Bromley, across London and other parts of the country.

We're committed to help tackle this problem by building new homes. In 2018 we received £60million investment from the Pension Insurance Corporation which enable us to roll out a significant development programme over the coming years.

You can find out more about our completed, current and planned developments below.

Current consultations

We are currently consulting with local residents on our plans to build new homes in and around the area of Chingley Close | Arcus Road. Local resients can join us at our Chat and Chips event in June. You can find a video of our first consultation event below and a link to our project team's newsletter. If you'd like to stay up to date, give your views or feedback on our plans and proposals, please sign up to our newsletter or contact us

Completed schemes

Springbank Court

We’ve built eight new homes for shared ownership on Riverpark Gardens in Ravensbourne, Bromley, BR2.

The new homes are a mix of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments situated close to Ravensbourne train station, overlooking the Ravensbourne River and parkland. 

Rresidents benefit from large private balconies and a landscaped communal garden ideally situated to enjoy the local amenities whilst being within walking distance of Bromley High Street and Ravensbourne station.

Nuthatch House 

Nuthatch House is a development of 22 new homes on land adjacent to our existing properties at Forster House on Whitefoot Lane. As part of the works, two additional homes will also be available in Forster House. The new homes, which will include two that are entirely wheelchair-accessible were completed in early 2021.

Residents voted to name the new homes after the Nuthatch bird which can be found in nearby Forster Memorial Park.

In addition to the new homes, we have worked with existing residents on plans to improve the general environment for the entire Forster House site, including new planting, surfaces and walkways.

Hazelhurst Court

Hazelhurst Court was our first residential development. With funding from the Mayor of London and Lewisham Council, we built 60 one and two-bed extra care homes next to existing properties for older people at Hazelhurst Court. 

The new homes are designed to allow older people to live independently in secure and comfortable accommodation, within their communities and established networks of friends, family and neighbours. The first residents moved into their homes in November 2017. Care is provided by Notting Hill Genesis.

The scheme also incorporates communal areas, including a kitchen and dining area, garden room and lounge area and a shared courtyard.

Hazelhurst Court won awards at the Housing Design Awards 2018, RIBA London Awards 2018 and Inside Housing Development Awards 2018 and has been shortlisted in the 2020 Civic Trust Awards and for the Selwyn Goldsmiths Awards for Universal Design.

Woodbank Road

This new four-house development has been built on a grassed area on Woodbank Road, between Bideford Road and Ilfracombe Road. A previous terrace of four homes on the site was demolished in the 1980s.

The first residents began moving into the two and three-bedroom homes in December 2019. 

On site

Velo House (9-19 Rushey Green, Catford)

We’re building 45 new one, two and three-bedroom flats in the heart of Catford. All of the new homes will be available for affordable rent.

Built on the old Job Centre site on Rushey Green, the building’s name is a nod to the history of the local area and the old ‘Catford Velodrome’ which stood close to Mountsfield Park from 1895 to 1900.

Demolition works began in early 2020 and construction began in August 2020. Our contractor for the project is Elemento.

The new homes are expected to be complete in winter 2021 and the development will also include commercial space on the ground floor.

Beckenham Hill Road

Works have started on the construction of one three-bedroom ground floor flat,and two two-bedroom duplex homes on Beckenham Hill Road. The new homes, which will be let at affordable rents, are due to be ready for new residents in 2021.

Planned new homes

We are reviewing a number of existing developments where there may be potential to create more homes. 

17-32 Melfield Gardens

Computer generated image of how the new homes at Melfield Gardens may look

We are looking forward to building some of the most sustainable new homes ever created in Lewisham after securing planning approval for the borough’s first new ‘Passivhaus’ housing scheme.

The new development, approved by Lewisham Council in March 2021, is an intergenerational scheme offering 30 much-needed affordable homes for people over 55 alongside two four-bedroom flats for postgraduate students.

The new homes will be built to ‘Passivhaus’ standards – an international methodology for designing and constructing the type of buildings needed to address issues including climate change and fuel poverty. 

 Chingley Close | Arcus Road

We are considering development opportunities on the site of garages and disused allotments at the rear of Arcus Road and Chingley Close. Redevelopment of the site could create new homes for individuals and families in housing need. 

Though our proposals are at an early stage, we have contacted neighbouring residents to provide information about these possible plans so they can be fully involved throughout our consultation process. Access to the site would require demolition of an existing two storey block at 3-10 Chingley Close and we have been advising existing residents on the support available. For more information, you can read our project team's newsletter here and here.

View the online consultation video to hear about our plans and designs. As plans progress we will be arranging a number of events for residents to discuss the proposals ahead of a planning application. 

Farmstead Road

We are developing proposals for new homes on land next to the railway line behind numbers 56. 56a, 58 and 60 Farmstead Road.

In order to access the site, our proposals would involve the demolition of 56, 56a, 58 and 60 Farmstead Road and consultation began with these affected residents in 2018, when we met with residents to introduce our proposals and to explain the support available should these homes be demolished. 

Since then we have appointed Metropolitan Architects to develop proposals for the site and in June 2019 we consulted with other neighbouring residents and hosted a ‘Chat and Chips' event on the Farmstead Road green. Our proposals would deliver 24 new affordable homes for rent.

The feedback we received from residents has been used to refine and shape our proposals and we completed a final consultation with neighbours and residents in August 2020 to introduce these updated proposals and to gather resident feedback. 

We intend to submit our final proposals to Lewisham Council for planning permission in autumn 2020. 

Ravensbourne Community Centre

We will be sharing our updated proposals for the Ravensbourne Community Centre site with residents and neighbours of the Ravensbourne Estate in October 2020 before further refining our plans before submitting to Lewisham Council for planning permission in late 2020. 

Working with our architects, Mae, we have developed proposals that would see construction of 21 new homes for affordable rent on the site of existing garages and the community centre. Current proposals include delivery of a new community room and improvements to the Ravensbourne estate. 

We shared our early proposals for the redevelopment of the Ravensbourne Community Centre with residents in 2018.