Millwall Football Club warmly welcomes the announcement by Lewisham Council that it will terminate the conditional land sale agreement that exists between the Council and Renewal.
Millwall equally welcomes the announcement by Lewisham Council that the leases owned by the football club and its community scheme will be varied to allow Millwall to prepare development plans for the land around The Den.
Following a period of intensive collaboration over the past eighteen months, Lewisham Council, Millwall Football Club and the development company, Renewal have agreed a new approach to enable their sites to go forward for housing and other development.
The previous plan had included a potential compulsory purchase order to develop part of a site currently leased by Millwall Football Club. Following months of negotiation facilitated by the Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, the previous Conditional Land Sale Agreement will now be terminated.
Plans which involve building on leasehold land are now being revised.
This paves the way for an increase in much needed social housing for Lewisham residents and retains the Millwall stadium.
The Mayor for Lewisham Damien Egan said:
“I am delighted that we have all agreed a way forward to allow much needed development on this site and would like to thank Millwall Football Club and Renewal for their positive approach throughout the process. The project will bring new housing, including social housing, jobs and a new train station to an area currently under resourced. Over the past year, positive and constructive talks have been taking place between the Council, Renewal and Millwall Football Club to agree a way forward.
“This week, I updated councillors on these discussions and next steps. This includes bringing a report to Mayor and Cabinet next week seeking approval to terminate the Conditional Land Sale Agreement and Compulsory Purchase Order Indemnity Agreement. This will then pave the way for community consultation on development of the Surrey Canal Triangle site.
“The regeneration of the area is an exciting opportunity for Lewisham. Our priority is that it must deliver more social homes, a new train station and have community support.”