Photo of new residents of Woodbank Road, Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan, Cllr Paul Bell, and Phoenix Community Housing Chief Executive and Vice Chair

Calling a house a home - welcoming residents to new homes in Downham

Updated: 28 January 2020 at 15:35pm

We're delighted to welcome families to their brand new homes in Downham.

Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan and Cllr Paul Bell – Cabinet Member for Housing – joined Jim Ripley and Carmen Simpson, our Chief Executive and Vice Chair respectively, on a special visit to welcome some of the Phoenix community's newest residents: Michelle, Colin and their three young children.

Michelle said: “Before we moved to Woodbank, we'd been living in temporary accommodation for three years. Our old flat was fine but it wasn’t ours and we’d almost given up on finding a home for our three children. But when we moved here, we found our home. This house is our home. And we can’t wait to just be putting up shelves and making it fully ours.”

Our contractors Thomas Sinden completed works on our development of four houses on Woodbank Road at the end of last year, with residents moving in just before Christmas. These two- and three-bedroom homes are being let at London Affordable Rents, with three currently occupied and a fourth planned to be adapted to better suit an incoming resident.

We’re planning to develop 200 new affordable homes over the next three years for our community. This year, we expect 22 new homes for rent at Nuthatch House and eight new homes for shared ownership at Springbank Court in Bromley will welcome new residents in spring 2020.

Recent figures show there are just under 10,000 people currently waiting for a social home in Lewisham, with more than 2,000 of those waiting for over a decade.

Jim Ripley said: “Thousands of people in our community are lacking the good quality, affordable social homes upon which they can build happy, healthy lives. It was great hearing from Colin and Michelle about the difference that their Phoenix home will make, and we're so very proud to be working with our partners including Lewisham Council to build the new homes to the high standards that our community needs and deserves.”

Paul Cooke, Business Development Director of Thomas Sinden said, “We are really pleased to have this opportunity to show the Mayor of Lewisham the new homes we have built for Phoenix Community Housing. This empty site has now been transformed into much needed affordable homes for the area.”