Next DNA Public Meeting  – Public Launch of the Draft Plan

When? Thursday 17th October 2019.

What Time? 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Where? 2000 Community Action Centre, 199-201 Grove Steet, London SE8 3PG.

Download the flyer for the Open Meeting of the Launch of the DNA Neighbourhood Plan here (85kB).

Download the Proposals Map here (57kB).

Resident Engagement on New Homes – Scrutiny Public Workshop

Information on an event & online consultation for residents

Lewisham Council’s Housing Select Committee is carrying out a scrutiny review of resident engagement in housing development – the way that local people are informed and involved in the process when new homes are built in their area. 

The review will be looking into how the Council and its partners currently engage with communities around the development of new homes and what has been learned from past engagement exercises.

As part of the review the committee is organising a public workshop with Tenant and Residents’ Associations (TRAs) and other interested residents in the Deptford area, to be held on:

Thursday 3 October 2019, 7.00pm

2000 Community Action Centre, Grove Street, SE8 3PG

This meeting is open to residents and community groups living within the Deptford area. The following TRAs and their members may be particularly interested in attending:

  • Argosy and Lanyard

  • Bence House

  • Colonnade and Terrace

  • Crossfield

  • Daubeney Tower

  • Eddystone Tower

  • Evelyn

  • Hazelwood and Pomona

  • Tanners Hill

This workshop is supported by Lewisham Tenant’s Fund.

If you’re interested in attending please contact John Bardens by phone: 0208 314 9976 or

If you’re unable to attend, you can still have your say by submitting your views online by Friday 25 October 2019.

For further information about the review please see the scoping paper and a presentation from the first evidence session.

Community Energy Fund

There is a new funding opportunity for community groups & schools who want to make their buildings more energy efficient: called the Community Energy Fund

The fund will cover thing like solar energy & more energy efficient lighting as well as fund feasibility studies if you are unsure of the right product to bid for.

The first round of funding opened on 16th September 2019, just click on this here for more information.

Lewisham Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) Fund Launched

The Lewisham Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) fund has been launched with the priority setting stage remaining open until the 21st Oct 2019. 

This is an opportunity for the Neighbourhood Forums without a made plan to help decide what the priorities are in their ward that the NCIL funding should go towards.  Any priorities that you have for projects within your draft plans can be registered on your wards commonplace website which is linked below.  

You can find out more information on the NCIL fund by following the links below and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Chris Fraser, Lewisham Planning Policy Officer. or call him on 020 8314 9252.

Commonplace and where to register your priorities click here.

Click here for Lewisham website.

Bear Church Building Project

The Bear Church
The Shaftesbury Centre
Frankham St


The Bear Church occupies a 1950’s time expired building and replace it with a building with up to 8 storeys with affordable accommodation in the upper 6 storeys. They need to purchase the land from Livability who own the land and the project will estimated at between £8-9m and be completed by January 2022. Read More.

Deptford First



Community Chest Fund Launch & Fundraiser

Dear Friends,

On Thursday 5th September Deptford First will officially launch our brand-new Community Chest Fund at Deptford Town Hall.

Cuts to local government funding have taken a massive toll on our community, placing many people in financial hardship. Deptford First hopes to alleviate some of that hardship by working with our partner organisations to provide small grants to those who cannot access help elsewhere.

Join us to hear from our trustees, our partners and some of the people we have already helped. If that’s not enough to tempt you along, there will also be food and drink (as well as the obligatory raffle!) and a chance to network with other local organisations.

Please register via our Eventbrite page:

We are asking attendees for a small donation of £2 per person (or more if you would like) towards the Community Chest Fund.

We have tried to invite as many local organisations as possible, but please feel free to share this with your networks.

I hope to see you there.

Best wishes,

Vicky Foxcroft

Chair of Deptford First & MP for Lewisham Deptford


When? Thursday 5th September 2019 at 17.30

Where? Deptford Town Hall Council Chamber, Goldsmiths, New Cross Road, London SE14 6NW


In August The Midi Music Company are launching REAL TALK, a series of FREE talks, consisting of guest speakers, local experts, and a musical performance by a Midi Music Company artist. Two hours prior to the talks there will be confidential drop-in 1:1 advice sessions for young people.

When? Wednesdays: 14th, 21st and 28th August 2019

What Time? 4 pm – 6 pm: Drop-in 1:1 sessions. 6 pm – 8 pm: REAL TALK

Where? The Midi Music Company, 77 Watson’s Street, Deptford SE8 4AU

Download the poster here.

Convoys Wharf Latest Developer Consultation Plot 15

The proposed plan is for 123 affordable homes situated between Decca Street and New King Street. Convoys Wharf latest developer consultation plot 15

Convoys Wharf – Make Sure You Get Your Voice Heard

Voice4Deptford have undertaken immense work to produce a summary of people’s comments on Plot 08 the first proposed apartment building on Convoys Wharf. They have made it easy for people to make objections to this first phase building which Hutchinson Whampoa the owners propose to have:

  • No social housing
  • A podium garden for residents only
  • Block the site line for the local community from Deptford High Street to the River.
  • Plot 22 (the jetty) is a proposed marketing suite – accessible by river for rich clients!

For more information on the background of the proposals, please visit:

How to object:

Engage with ongoing planning applications in Lewisham:

Voice4Deptford need people to complete comments for:

Sian Berry, GLA Housing Chair visits Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden & Reginald House

Sian Berry, Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, calls for plans to go back to the drawing board on the Old Tidemill School site – something DNA has been trying to get the Council to do since 2015 in order to save the beautiful Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden and the 16 social homes next to it 2-30A Reginald Road (known as Reginald House). Read more