Somerville: 23 new council homes approved tonight
Tonight at Mayor and Cabinet, I presented a report to build 23 new homes on the site of a former sheltered block.
Building for Lewisham, the council's programme to deliver new council and social housing is progressing, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The Somerville site on Wellington Close was home to a former sheltered unit block. The units were not fit for purpose and so work was undertaken to provide better accommodation on the site. The report approved tonight - subject to Business Panel - allows Lewisham Homes to appoint a contractor to build 20 flats and 3 houses. This is a 100% social rented scheme including two wheelchair accessible homes. All units will be 2-bed and 3-beds.
Local residents have been kept up to date through updates at the Somerville United Tenant and Resident Association and given the opportunity to inform proposals. All homes will be built for residents on Lewisham’s housing waiting list, with lifetime secure tenancies offered in perpetuity.
The project will benefit from two GLA grants: a £2.3m GLA Building Council Homes for Londoners grant as well as a £800k GLA Small Sites Small Builders grant.
I am very grateful to the officers at Lewisham Council and Lewisham Homes for bringing forward these proposals. The ward councillors: myself, Cllr Joan Millbank and Cllr Luke Sorba welcome the development and our commitment to the residents of the Somerville Estate.