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 enables 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.
In recent months, residents have given their time generously to discuss and help us improve our designs for new affordable homes adjacent to Arcus Road and Chingley Close Green. We want to thank everyone that took the time to give feedback and help us. We have now submitted a planning application to Lewisham Council for these new homes for publication and consideration. It could take several weeks for the planning permission to become visible on Lewisham Council's Planning Portal. Once it does, you can comment on it. For more information on how to do that, you can read our third newsletter here. We also prepared a document of our key plans and information for you to review.
We have also been working with residents to consider 24 new homes at Farmstead Road, and we will submit our planning application soon. To read our latest resident newsletter, click here.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
We are reviewing a number of existing developments where there may be potential to create more homes.
As part of our efforts to address the shortage of affordable housing in the area, we have developed proposals for 36 new homes at Chingley Close/Arcus Road area. Planning permission for our proposals has been submitted to Lewisham Council for consideration. It will take several weeks to appear. Once it does, you can comment on it. For more information on how to do that, you can read our third newsletter here.
For more information on our plans, you can find a video of our first consultation here and a link to our project team's first newsletter here and the second newsletter here. If you'd like to stay up to date, give your views or feedback on our plans and proposals, please sign up for our newsletter or contact us.
17-32 Melfield Gardens
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.
We are developing 24 new affordable 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 directly affected residents in 2018, when we met with residents to introduce our proposals and to explain the support available should these homes be demolished.
We then 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 second public consultation took place over a period of four weeks in August and September 2020. This consultation ensured that 60 neighbouring properties received detailed information about the proposals, had an opportunity to discuss them with the design team, and provide their comments.
The design work undertaken since has sought to improve the proposals and address the points raised by residents and the local planning authority.
The feedback we received has been used to improve the proposals and address the points raised by residents and the local planning authority.
We intend to submit our final proposals to Lewisham Council for planning permission in November 2021.
Ravensbourne Community Centre
In March 2022, we consulted residents on the revised design proposals for new homes on the Ravensbourne estate, which includes the demolition of the community centre and a block of garages. The scheme will provide 20 new homes for affordable rent, a new community space and improvements to the landscaping and play facilities around the estate
Working with Mae Architects, we will be submitting a full planning application for the scheme to Lewisham Council in early May 2022 and we aim to start on site with the development in March 2023.
We are working with Planet Landscape Architects to develop more detailed designs based on what residents have told us and we will be sending out details for residents to comment on in May 2022, holding a further consultation event in the summer.
Catford Police Station
We are pleased to share the news that Phoenix has purchased the Catford Police Station site.
Catford Police Station closed at the end of 2017 and has been disused since. Our early plans include proposals to provide up to 65 much-needed affordable homes for local residents which will play a role in easing pressures on the Lewisham waiting list.
We will use our “Building Together” approach, where Phoenix residents and the views of the community will be at the forefront of our proposals.