The consultants were not able to provide density figures or figures for social housing provision but recognised that Lewisham aim for 35% social housing. Most of the 43 flats, including 11 family units (3+ bedrooms) would be sold on the open market.
They have included underground parking for 30 cars and about 60 cycle spaces (possibly all stored outside). There is a car lift to get into the garage and a pedestrian lift to get out.
The new buildings range from 3 to 5 floors and are in line with the replacement for the police station, despite being closer to 2 storey houses.
A number of residents expressed their concern about the mass of the buildings and issues of overlooking and impact on daylight as well as overly dense development in a location that already has some of the highest residential density in Forest Hill. I expressed my concern that there would be another application for the other side of Miriam Lodge, just as there had been a few years ago. Overall the density in this location is becoming really high, with little amenity space for residents.
There are obvious ways this development, if it goes forward to planning could be improved:
- Lower height close to terraced houses and gardens
- Living wall on blank walls facing existing houses
- Cladding on Miriam Lodge to lessen the impact (as had been proposed for the previous development on the other side)
- A car free development (like the former police station) could be considered but would there be any way to make this happen?
- The developers claim to have a daylight assessment that shows that levels of light are good. If they have achieved this in the shadow of Miriam Lodge then I’ll be impressed.