Leathermarket JMB sets out what local residents want concerning how the Joseph Lancaster Nursery site (on the Lawson Estate #SE1) is redeveloped.
The Joseph Lancaster Nursery site is a large site in the middle of the Lawson estate between Nashe House, Beeston House, Middleton House and Symington House. It has the potential to be a significant contribution to the estate – but it also has the potential to go as badly wrong as the Harper Square development.
Lawson Estate residents have made it very clear that they want the JMB to take control of the development process to ensure it meets the needs of local people and Southwark Council’s Cabinet have voted that they want the development to be done as a partnership between the Council and the JMB
What we want for the Joseph Lancaster site
- Homes that meet the needs of Lawson Estate residents – the right bedroom size to allow families to move around the Lawson estate as their needs change
- A development that integrates with the existing estate – that tackles existing issues like the children’s play area and is ‘joined-up’ beyond the boundary of the nursery site
- All homes (100%) to be genuinely affordable council rent homes, and to be managed by Leathermarket JMB.
- A significant proportion of the homes to go to existing JMB residents – to help those people who already need to move.
- Residents to be genuinely involved in the design and development decisions about the site – including making decisions with architects to influence the design and having their say about who will build it. We mustn’t see a repeat of the problems we’ve seen with Lovells on the Harper Square development
Why are we asking for this
Lawson Estate residents want to have a genuine say in one of the biggest changes to the estate since the 1980s – council-style ‘consultation’ when the decisions have been made is not good enough.
More importantly we know:
- For 30% of our tenants their housing isn’t right for them – either homes are too big (and face the bedroom tax), families are overcrowded and grown-up children want to be able to have a home of their own like their parents did.
- Most people who need to move want to stay in the JMB area – where their friends, family and support is
- Tenants are being priced out of SE1 by expensive flats and students and their families more often face the problems of unemployment-particularly youth unemployment
- 94% of JMB residents want us to get on, make use of land in the area and get new housing build for council tenants
- The JMB was promised the Joseph Lancaster site, as compensation for losing the Harper Road homes and the site being taken from us. We have been desperate to get on with it while the council has dragged its feet over the future of the site.
- The JMB can make new development happen – we have the community support, access to experts to help us design, develop and deliver new homes and have brought these people together in Leathermarket CBS (Community Benefit Society) – the Council has the money to make this happen.
- The JMB is already working up similar plans for a site on the edge of the Kipling Estate