Over the past few weeks there have been rumours flying across Coulsdon social media claiming that Croydon Council has sold the new Lion Green Road flats to Lambeth or Lewisham Council for their council tenants to live in.
We've investigated, with the help of Chris Philp MP, and Croydon Council has confirmed the following:
The Brick by Brick (BBB) development at Lion Green Road has a mixture of private, shared ownership and affordable housing. BBB have confirmed that they have not entered into any discussions with Lambeth or Lewisham Councils regarding potential sale or occupation by those Council’s residents. However, given that some of the homes will be sold privately, and some will be allocated by a third-party affordable housing provider, the Council cannot determine who these homes will be sold to.
I can confirm that all private and shared ownership units will be made available to Croydon residents first before they go on general release and, where a Croydon and a non-Croydon resident show interest in the same property first refusal will always be given to the Croydon resident. In connection with the affordable rent units, the Council are currently looking at the possibility of acquiring these units for affordable housing for Croydon residents.
Signage outside of the site is managed by our contractor C Field and relates to progress of the works only. It would not be used to advertise information relating to sales or property, and any planned updates for 5th May would be purely coincidental and bear no relation to the forthcoming elections. Detailed sales information for the site will be released following the sales launch, which is anticipated to be in Summer 2022.
I hope this reassures local people that, whilst far from ideal, the new development at Lion Green Road will (where possible) be going to Croydon residents in the first instance.