Tuke Street School
The former Tuke St school site was located on Woods Road in Peckham. In 2013, the Council resolved to sell the site to developers Crest Nicholson. The Cabinet report approving the disposal of the site says that the site is being sold on the basis that the proposed development of 115 homes will comply with policy requirements on affordable housing:
Extract from the Cabinet report approving disposal of site
In 2014, the developer applied for planning consent for 122 homes which included 35% affordable housing, but which had substituted much of the social rented element by affordable rent of up to 70% market rent. The affordable housing offer comprised just 6 social rented homes.
Notwithstanding this and Southwark’s clear rejection of affordable rent in its planning policies, Southwark’s planning committee report made the baffling claim that the developer’s affordable housing offer was ‘broadly’ policy compliant.
Extract from the planning committee report
Woods Road is yet another example of development on former council land which fails to provide the number of social rented homes required by policy. The land was sold on the basis of a policy-compliant development which wasn’t delivered and Southwark’s residents must pay the price of yet another poor deal by its political administration.
Extract from the S106 agreement for Woods Road