New homes in Deptford: 1,100 new flats for the south-east London area tipped as the new Dalston

Lewisham council is expected to approve a glitzy new scheme that will bring 1,132 homes to a 12-acre site just south of the Thames, as Deptford begins to overtake Dalston as London’s hippest area.
The New York Times recently tipped Deptford as the best place to visit for a “real taste” of London. And now The Wharves Deptford project, by developer Lend Lease, is likely to bring dramatic change to the landscape when it is finished in 2022.
 
The new homes and 100,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, next to Pepys Park, will be housed in a range of towers up to 24 storeys high.
 
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New homes, shops, restaurants and bars will cover 12 acres at The Wharves Deptford - if planners are in favour

The news comes as Deptford begins to overtake Dalston as London’s hippest area, with independent galleries, bars and restaurants opening. However, there is a ripple of concern among some residents who fear the area will become overly gentrified, with start-up businesses priced out.
 
Pressure group Lewisham People Before Profit held a protest at Deptford Wharf this year, warning that “big money is moving in” and calling for new council housing to deal with long waiting lists.
 
A report by council officers on The Wharves Deptford will be considered by Lewisham’s strategic development committee and recommends members back the plans. “The proposed development would provide additional housing including affordable accommodation, and would improve the appearance of a large and highly visible site,” it reads.
 
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The officers’ support comes despite Lend Lease’s plans to designate just 16.7 per cent of the homes on the site — 189 units — as affordable properties for low-income renters and first-time buyers. The council has a policy of demanding that half of all homes on new developments are affordable, although it concedes that this may not always be financially viable.
 
The development will be the second major project in the area. Last year, London Mayor Boris Johnson approved Hong Kong-based developer Hutchison Whampoa’s plans to build 3,500 new homes at Convoys Wharf, a neighbouring dockyards site.
 
If planning permission is granted for The Wharves Deptford, work will start early next year.

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