Tower Block Development Delayed By Direct Action

Work on the Loampit Vale development was disrupted today by a small group of protesters who locked the gates and prevented work until the police were called and workers cut a chain with bolt croppers. They had a number of banners including one that read “Build for need not greed”.

The development is due to build 15 tower blocks over 3 sites in the town centre up to a height of 24 storeys, but with only a tiny proportion of social rented housing – the majority will be sold to people who can afford to buy. There are more than 17,000 families waiting for council housing in Lewisham and nearly 900 are accepted by the council as homeless.

The development is only going ahead now due to a ‘sweetner’ of £20.5m from central government, but if this kind of money is available surely it should all be spent on a 100% social rented housing, rather than subsidising a development which itself is supposed to subsidise local community benefit.

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