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Frankham Street Development
We're working with Lewisham Council to provide 209 new homes at Frankham Street in Deptford; the scheme is also known as the Tidemill development. We’re also working to provide 120 new homes at the sister site at Amersham Vale in New Cross.
This means 329 new homes will be delivered over the two sites.
The plans (work in progress) at Frankham Street and Reginald Road will deliver 117 new social rented homes for people on the Council’s waiting list. There will also be 41 low-cost shared ownership homes for first-time buyers and 51 homes for sale.
What new homes will be built?
The Tidemill site comprises one housing block on Reginald Road and the land where the old Tidemill Primary school was located, including the former playground and car park.
The new scheme will involve converting the old Tidemill School buildings and redeveloping 2-30a Reginald Road to deliver top-quality new homes and green space for residents and the wider community.
We will increase the amount of green space and gardens that are accessible to everybody, plant more semi-mature trees than there are now, and provide new private green space for new and existing residents. We have consulted with the community on the designs for the green space and have been working with a small group of local people to shape the proposals.
Breakdown of new homes
|New social homes||104|
|Re-provided social rented homes (existing homes to be rebuilt)||13|
|Leaseholder properties to be transferred||3|
|Properties for private sale||51|
|Total social homes||117|
New home numbers by percentage
|Total social homes||56%|
|Total affordable homes (including shared ownership and
|Total increase of social homes||800%|
Lewisham Council will have nomination rights for all the affordable homes.
Demand for affordable housing
We are facing a severe housing crisis with not enough affordable homes for those most in need. More than 1.14 million households are stuck on housing waiting lists in England, including 9,921 in Lewisham.
New, genuinely affordable homes are very much needed by residents in the borough, and the additional homes for social rent that will be provided at Frankham Street will be allocated for local people on Lewisham Council’s waiting list.
The shared ownership properties will also help to address housing need in the borough and the remaining homes for private sale will be available for anyone wishing to live in the area.
There are 16 properties on the existing site - 2-30a Reginald Road – and residents living there will be able to remain in their existing homes until the new properties are ready. All current Reginald Road residents will be guaranteed the right to a new home on the site and compensation for the disruption caused.
All 13 residents of Reginald House will be offered a new home (see tenancy rights pdf, 1mb); leaseholders will be able to transfer their equity from their current home into a new one, and remain in home ownership.
All residents will also be offered the option of a new home on the Amersham Vale site, as well as Frankham Street, if they prefer.
All shared ownership homes will be available to buy with a minimum 25% share of the property. They are aimed at first time buyers local to the area, with priority given to existing council tenants.
Local labour, apprentices, suppliers etc
We provide community programmes for the benefit of our residents and for people living in the surrounding neighbourhoods. This includes employment and training support; health and wellbeing; family support programmes; and activities for younger and older people. We provide over 70,000 hours of free-to-access community activities each year.
At Frankham Street, we will be working closely with our partners to create jobs and apprenticeships for the local community.
Our key targets include:
- A commitment to local labour. Our target is for 50% of those working on the project to be Lewisham residents
- 38 work experience opportunities for adults and students
- 27 apprenticeship opportunities
- A boost to the local economy by seeking to procure goods and services locally. We will be inviting a minimum of 2 local businesses to tender for each works package.
- Support to smaller construction and supply chain companies - providing long term, sustainable benefits to the local economy.
- Working with local schools and colleges to inspire young people and providing access to opportunities in the construction industry.
We take pride in our homes and estates. To ensure that quality doesn’t end at handover, we provide comprehensive programmes of ongoing maintenance as well as regeneration and improvements to the public realm. Each of our estates has a dedicated caretaker responsible for the day to day maintenance of communal areas inside and out.
What happens next?
With planning permission in place, we will soon start to put up hoardings and clear the site ready for construction to begin. We will continue to work closely with residents and the local community during the project.