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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.
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.
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, will be completed in early 2020.
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 been working with existing residents on plans to improve the general environment for the entire Forster House site, including new planting, surfaces and walkways.
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 and situated close to Ravensbourne train station, overlooking the Ravensbourne River and parkland. They became available for shared ownership early in 2019 and every property is now under offer. We received more than 400 expressions of interest for the eight homes!
This new four-house development is being 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.
Preparatory works began on site in June 2018 and we expect that the new homes will be available in the winter of 2019.
17-32 Melfield Gardens
We are reviewing a number of existing developments where there may be potential to create more homes.
That includes the redevelopment of 17-32 Melfield Gardens (inclusive). The development would require the demolition of the existing two story block and replacement with between 24 and 32 new one and two-bedroom flats, and we have contacted current tenants and leaseholders with a formal notice.
Arcus Road / Chingley Close
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.
As plans progress we will be arranging a number of events for residents to discuss the proposals ahead of a planning application.
Another potential development site is on the land next to the railway line behind numbers 56, 56a, 58 and 60 Farmstead Road.
We met with these residents in 2018 to introduce our proposals and explain the support available should these homes be demolished.
Again, we will be consulting further with residents before any planning application is made.