On December 1st 2020 Convoy Wharf Property Limited and their appointed Community Engagement consultants (Forty Shillings
) held a webinar to discuss what could happen on Plot 21 (P21) on the Convoys Wharf Site. The understanding was that the recording of the webinar would be available for all to view at a later date.
The webinars replace face-to-face consultations. This is due to COVID-19. We were surprised to learn that the developer wants to build another 800-900 homes on the site. This would bring the total number of homes on site to 4,500. P21 cannot currently be developed for housing. Questions could be submitted and were curated by the consultants.
During the webinar residents were informed that Lewisham Council and the developer had been speaking to the Mayor of London/GLA and the PLA (Port of London) to remove the safeguarding designation from P21 to allow more housing on the site. After concerns were raised by residents, Cllr Paul Bell
, Lewisham Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, released a statement available HERE
"We have been consistently clear to the developer that any planning application for Plot 21 would require a strong planning justification."
Cllr Paul Bell.
However, when the publicly available version
of the webinar recording was published it had been edited to remove this information. Those interested in the site are invited to view the edited version of the developer's presentation and give feedback.
To date there has been no indication that a plan to build more homes by the developer, LBL planning, and the GLA was being discussed. The new plan will not deliver any social housing. Given the need for 'strong planning justification' we can only look at two recent developments approved by Lewisham Council at Creekside
. Both do little to reassure us that the Council's definition of a 'strong planning justification' sets the bar high enough for equitable, sustainable development.
Our MP Vicky Foxcroft said she was "excited"
the community engagement was restarting on Convoys Wharf. We need our elected representatives to ensure that the consultations open and transparent and not subject to self-censorship by the developer.
DeptfordFolk have written to Vicky Foxcroft and Paul Bell to ask them to request the full webinar is made available to members of the public. You can write send a similar message by clicking the links below.
We also want to know which Evelyn Ward Councillors or, indeed, any other Lewisham councillors attended the webinar related to such an important strategic development in Lewisham.