Lewisham is not immune to the housing crisis that faces London. Long-standing market failures in relation to housing supply and demand, a problem that is particularly acute in the capital, means that it is almost impossible for people with average incomes to take their first step on the housing ladder. We need to do everything within our means to increase investment in our existing social housing stock, improve quality in the private rented sector, and to work with partners to build as many more new homes as we can across all tenures.
We’ve delivered almost 3,000 more homes since 2010, a large proportion of which are affordable. Mayor Steve Bullock has also agreed to begin building the first council homes in Lewisham for more than 20 years, with plans to deliver at least 250 new homes by 2018. With the right support we could do more. We estimate that if government lifted the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap, three times as many council homes could be built in Lewisham.
Over the coming years we will further improve places around Lewisham by attracting investment into our key development areas of Convoy’s Wharf, Deptford, Lewisham Town Centre and Catford. We will also seek to improve our smaller localities by encouraging better use of local shopping parades and community spaces.
We will continue our campaign for vital transport improvements to better link Lewisham people to the best opportunities around London and beyond. The Mayor of London is supportive of our campaign to extend the Bakerloo Line to the borough.
These are just some of the things that we already have planned, but what more can we do? How can a Labour run Lewisham Council get the most out of our regeneration projects? What should our housing priorities be? What transport investment is needed? Let us know by filling out the form below or by submitting a comment at the bottom of this page.
Every idea that is submitted to the Lewisham Together consultation will receive a response from Lewisham Labour and will feed directly into the development of the manifesto for the 2014 local elections.