By Grainne Cuffe, journalist on local democracy
Lewisham’s mayor and cabinet have approved plans to convert a building in Brockley into temporary accommodation for ten homeless families.
The building at 114-116 Manor Avenue is owned by City Council, but has been leased to the L&Q Housing Association since 1983.
A report recommending the conversion was approved by the mayor and cabinet on Wednesday, May 19.
The plans are always subject to the building permit.
Cllr Paul Bell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, said: “As the report notes, we have around 2,500 households in temporary housing and many families need to be accommodated outside the borough.
“This proposal would allow us to house more families in Lewisham and reduce the cost of overnight paid accommodation for the council.”
L&Q used the building, currently consisting of 13 rooms with shared facilities and a two-bedroom apartment for a caretaker, as temporary accommodation for single adults.
Cllr Bell said: “However, the current building configuration is not efficient and no longer suitable for its purpose.
“A feasibility study revealed that ten free-standing houses can be supplied and used for temporary housing in the district, accommodating up to 35 people. […] and help meet the demand for family-sized housing in Lewisham. “
All existing residents were offered self-contained housing through Lewisham Homesearch or L&Q if they want to move out of the borough, said Cllr Bell.
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