Following a Freedom of Information request the Greater London Authority have disclosed new information in relation to the developer Renewal scheme for Surrey Canal Road or New Bermondsey this area includes land leased by Millwall FC.
The GLA say:
“As you are aware, we originally thought there was no due diligence on the proposal we were working on with Lewisham officers to increase the level of affordable housing, which was referenced in the report you forwarded. However, on further examination of our files we found a report which had been written but not actioned further. We have therefore identified two reports within scope of your request:
• Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) “Scheme Acceleration Commentary”
• Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) HOUSING ZONES DUE DILIGENCE LB LEWISHAM
Transaction 1 & 2 New Bermondsey”
These two reports have been released to the public in a redacted form by the GLA.
The Cushman & Wakefied report can be read here: GLA Cush 7731_-_lewisham_hz_-_cw_new_bermondsey_unit_acceleration_report_10_11_16_redacted
The Lambert Smith Hampton HAZ Due Diligence report is here: GLA LSH report 7731_-_housing_zones_due_dilligence_-_lb_lewisham_redacted
A document attributed to Lambert Smith Hampton put the whole New Bermondsey scheme on hold when it was discovered during the Compulsory Purchase Order consideration by Lewisham Council on 27th September 2016. This was quite dramatic for local government. A contemporary account in the local newspaper, The Newsshopper is here
On 19th February 2018, the GLA announced that the £20 million Housing Action Zone money was to be withdrawn. A report in the South London Press is here.