2. Key Objectives

Improve the quality of new homes

Encourage applicants to build homes which are sustainable, resilient, healthy to live in and of exemplary design. Ensure they respond appropriately to the character and heritage of their neighbourhood.

Increase Lewisham’s supply of new homes

Develop a strategic approach to small site intensification which de-risks the planning process and results in more sites coming forward.

Identify sites and areas for intensification

Promote small sites and identify priority areas for intensification, to help create better places for both new and existing residents, by enabling more commerce, services and public transport to develop.

Reduce risk

Provide clear principles for the development and intensification of small sites, minimising planning risk, optimising site capacities and supporting Lewisham’s emerging spatial strategy
for significant growth in suburban locations.

Learn from elsewhere

Similar studies by other London councils and guidance from the GLA can provide leads. However, Lewisham’s approach needs to be specific to its own culture and development needs so as to enthuse residents and ward councillors with a vision they can support.

Engage with local stakeholders

These include housing associations, private developers, local contractors, architects, landowners, community groups, neighbourhood forums and amenity societies, whose experiences can help shape the strategy and guidance.

Optimise the supply of affordable homes

Establish clear guidance to reduce the risks associated with small site planning applications, encouraging developers of affordable housing to bring forward new affordable housing, and to enable individuals to reduce the cost of delivering new homes.

Make advice accessible and easy to understand

Provide printed and online advice which is user-friendly and accessible. Avoid jargon, and help applicants successfully navigate the planning policy maze. Aim to widen participation so more people can build.