I just wanted to clear up a few points in relation to this proposed build.
A small number of residents immediately opposite the site were contacted by the developer earlier in the year.
No one was contacted by Lewisham Council.
The ‘Open space ‘ and subsequent transfer of land for development has been agreed in principle at the Mayor and Cabinet meeting.
Birnbeck Housing will be granted a 120 year Lease subject to them receiving planning permission. The land will not be transferred otherwise.
This is not a sale of the land.
This ‘Open space notice’ appeared in 2 consecutive issues of the South London Press on 4th and 11th April.
The South London Press, which services the whole of South London. (all boroughs including; Greenwich, Merton, Lambeth, Bexley, Croydon, Lewisham, Southwark census circa: 1.924,208 people).
Its weekly readership on A Tuesday is 19,210. The readership is less than 1% of the area it serves. This also indicates that the readership in the relevant area of Lewisham would be less than 1%.
South London press Public Notices are also not published online, only in print hence ‘notices’ being undiscoverable.
I eventually found the notice, albeit too late, after much research and eventually calling all the local press and asking them to check all advertising bookings made between March and April 2017.
This is how the public notice was found. It had to be emailed to me by a member of the South London Press staff.
No notification from Lewisham Council or Birnbeck Housing Association was given to any members of our local community that the Public Notice was available for viewing and response.
Many residents contacted the developer and the Council for more information whilst the consultation period was open, none were directed to it.
You would imagine in the 21st century any public notices would be published online.
Lewisham has refused to reopen the consultation period for this notice, with this caveat…
“in light of your feedback we will review how Legal Notices are published in the future with an aim of making them easier to find online”
“Easier”? It has never been published online, anywhere. So pretty impossible to find I would imagine.
Of the dozens and dozens of local residents I’ve spoken to, none are objecting on the basis of this being for social housing. I'm sure all are well aware of the need for additional housing in London.
There is however a list with Lewisham’s ‘Local Plan’ of brown field sites that have potential for development.
These are not in areas designated as ‘deficit in green space’ by the Lewisham Council, as this area is.
Residents that I’ve spoken don’t want to lose the only piece of green space in the area.
The planning application is due in at the end of the month, so we’ll have to wait until then to
see if the building differs from the visual above.
Especially as we were given initial assurances by Birnbeck that the building would be ‘in keeping' with the surrounding housing stock.
There are multiple reasons why this proposed build would have a detrimental affect on the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Many have been mentioned above.
The yellow notices will go up near the site as soon as planning is in, then we can all have our say based on the actual plans.