Last night, plans were approved for new affordable and council rent homes in Gipsy Hill – despite opposition from Lambeth’s Green Party.
Lambeth’s Planning committee approved plans for 31 new homes, all of which will be affordable and 22 of which will be new council-rent homes which will go to Lambeth families on the waiting list.
Three quarters of these new homes will be family-sized and the scheme will deliver a 74% reduction in carbon emissions as part of Lambeth Labour’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency.
The new homes will be delivered by Homes for Lambeth, the 100% council-owned, not-for-profit, house building company set up by Lambeth council.
The new homes were opposed by Green councillors, who organised a petition against the homes and have consistently opposed Labour’s plans to deliver new council homes for local families
Cllr Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes said: “I’m delighted that the plans have been approved – they’ll give local families high-quality new homes at council rent and are desperately needed due to the national housing crisis.
It is staggering however to see Lambeth’s Green party oppose a scheme that is 100% affordable. They have often said they would support new homes on underused land and if they were affordable. We have put forward a scheme that does exactly that – and they now oppose it on the grounds that it will bring in too many people to the area and impact the views of existing homeowners.
They want to argue that Lambeth isn’t building enough homes – while opposing every scheme that delivers them and offering no plans themselves. It is shameful opportunism that would leave many families stuck in overcrowded accommodation without the prospect of a new council home”