Lewisham Council to meet Millwall over regeneration plans

News Desk (24 March, 2016) Regeneration

Last month, thousands of Lions fans signed a protest petition against the council’s plans to approve a compulsory purchase order from developers for land surrounding the stadium.

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Lewisham Council cabinet members will attend a meeting with Millwall FC at The Den next month in the latest step of the ‘New Bermondsey’ regeneration saga.

Last month, thousands of Lions fans signed a protest petition against the council’s plans to approve a compulsory purchase order from developers for land surrounding the stadium.

The move, Millwall chairman John Berlyson said, would put the club’s “long-term future” into jeopardy, by taking away the club’s community centre and destroying its own regeneration plans.

Mr Berlyson said: “While we continue to fight every week to return to the Championship, off the pitch we face a challenge which threatens the Club’s very survival.

“We have resisted this because we want to continue to be an active participant in the regeneration of New Bermondsey, not just an onlooker.”

Millwall will raise several questions with Lewisham Council at the meeting, particularly why, it claims, the council has not considered the club’s own plans for the area.

The football club submitted plans for a £140m project to the council in August 2013, including around 400 homes, artist workshops, student accommodation and the safeguarding of their community centre.

However, Lewisham Council told the News it had not received a “planning application” or any “detailed proposals”.

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