Build More Social Housing In Lewisham

Cllr Alan Hall has joined campaigners demanding more social housing and an end to the housing ’emergency’. Radical action is needed now as according to Shelter – the housing charity – there is a housing crisis, where 120,000 children are homeless, 282,000 social homes have been lost in the last decade and 3.7 million private …

Catford Town Centre Framework – A Masterplan?

Lewisham Council has released their plans for a £500 million redevelopment of Catford and they are asking for comments and views. The aim is to inform the proposals that will be developed and any new buildings will have to conform to these plans. Hopefully, the Council will have learnt the lessons of the ill fated, …

Housing Campaigners say ‘Waive The Rents’

Cllr Alan Hall has joined housing campaigners calling for Housing Associations to “look long and hard at their original purpose – they should help tenants by waiving rents and service charges as the Covid19 pandemic continues. They must not add to London’s housing crisis as the economic consequences bite.” The Social Housing Action Campaign has …

Build, Build, Build Social Housing

An economic downturn, possibly a great depression is predicted for the UK. Boris Johnson’s disastrous speech says that he realises that the country needs to increase building. However, his answer is to recycle announcements and to let the market decide. If the loosening of planning rules leads to more residential development the quality, the sustainability …

Bells Toll for London’s Housing Crisis – Grenfell Three Years On

On 14 June 2020, the third anniversary since 72 people died as a result the Grenfell Tower Fire church bells rang out across London. The fire devastated an entire community in North Kensington. The impact of building deregulation is under intense scrutiny today. The Fire Brigade Union has said: “This agenda was driven by the …