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Renewal: ‘Revised approach to New Bermondsey scheme will allow Millwall FC to deliver enhancements to The Den’

The developer Renewal has said it will take a fresh approach in delivering the New Bermondsey scheme – the area surrounding Millwall’s Den – following talks between the council and club.

Recriminations had been sparked between all three parties when Lewisham Council sought to forcibly buy three plots of land surrounding the ground for Renewal’s use as part of the development.

It had raised fears the club could be forced out of the area – but now Renewal says a “new approach” will allow Millwall to deliver improvements to its stadium and the surrounding land among other key changes.

In a statement, it said: “As a result of recent discussions between Lewisham Council, Renewal and Millwall Football Club, it has been agreed that a new approach will be taken to delivering the New Bermondsey scheme.

“Key changes will include an increase in both the number of new homes and the number of affordable homes, from 10% to 35%, intended to address London’s chronic shortage of affordable homes, as well as a new arrangement that would allow Millwall FC to deliver enhancements to its stadium and surrounding land.

“Renewal intends to submit an outline planning application for the wider New Bermondsey masterplan and a detailed planning application for the first phase of the scheme before the end of 2019.”

It added that its website dedicated to the plans would be updated with further details once the revised plans had been finalised.

It comes after ‘constructive and positive’ talks about the scheme were hailed between the club, developer and Lewisham Council in January.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham Council, said at the time that he was “pleased” at progress being made towards “bringing forward a development that has the support of our community.”

The New Bermondsey scheme will see the transformation of a 30-acre piece of land, including areas surrounding The Den, in the northern-most tip of Lewisham.

Millwall FC and Lewisham Council have been contacted for further comment on what the new arrangement entails.


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