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Statement on Convoys Wharf and Plot 21 from Cllr. Paul Bell

I have been made aware of reports that Lewisham Council has been lobbying the Greater London Authority (GLA) for additional homes to be built on Plot 21, a protected wharf within the Convoys Wharf development. These reports are completely inaccurate and do not represent the Council’s position.  At no point have we lobbied the GLA […]

The Government Cannot Build its Way Out of England’s Housing Crisis

Julian Mercer analyses the misguided policy of successive governments of building too many new houses, but not creating any more homes ‘The weakness of the ‘build, build, build’ policy is that the number of empty homes keeps rising. But where are they? Last year, the MHCLG reported that there were 650,000 empty homes in England. Just […]

The Last Day of Our Crowd Justice Campaign

It’s the last day of our Crowd Justice Campaign. We’ve raised a massive  £15,850 thanks to our 116 backers who made 147 pledges. Thank you all for your support. If you intended to give, but didn’t get round to it, now is your last chance to do it. We are looking for just under £1,500. […]

Our Crowd Justice campaign is drawing to a close

Our legal process is coming to a close, but our campaign to give the people of Deptford a voice in the development at Convoys Wharf continues. Although the result of our claim for a judicial review is disappointing, Voice4Deptford has learned a lot from the experience. Your generous support has been heartening. It has been […]

A New Phase is beginning

It’s almost the end of the month and we have raised another £459. Thank you everyone who has backed us and also those who have shared on social media.  LB Lewisham have been in touch to say that they will contact us about the situation of our Cost Order around the middle of November to […]

We have almost come to the end of this road…


We have now heard back from LB Lewisham that they want us to pay the full amount of their Costs awarded against us, an amount of £8,000. As you know, our application for a Judicial Review of Lewisham Council’s decision was declined. The judge could not see any legal basis for our claim to go […]

A Model for Convoys Wharf?

We are still waiting for a response from Lewisham Council to the letter we sent regarding the cost order against us. The Judge ordered that we pay £8,000 of the Council’s costs. We do of course recognise the Order of the Court and our requirement to comply with it. The Mayor of London waived his […]

Some Good News

We had a message from the Mayor of London, one of the Interested Parties in our Claim for a Judicial Review, that he will not be claiming the costs awarded to him under the (Costs) Order. However he did draw our attention to the judge’s comment at paragraph 6 of the Order that he was […]

The Judge has decided against our Claim for a Judicial Review

A Judge has given his decision. In a paper exercise, he has ruled against us. His ruling concurs with the arguments of the Defence and Interested Parties, concluding that our Claim should not go to a Judicial Review and it is ‘Totally Without Merit’. This rules out the possibility of making a request for our […]

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Statement from Royal Dockyard Society

Thank you to everyone who is backing our campaign for a judicial review to show that the outline planning consent for the Deptford Dockyard, known as Convoys Wharf, is no longer valid. The Naval Dockyards Society (NDS) sent the following statement to V4D on 1st September 2020. It is given here in full and shows […]

Another step forward

Now all three parties – the Defendant, Lewisham Council, and the two Interested Parties, the Mayor of London and the developers – have lodged with the Court their counter arguments to our Claim. The papers will be considered by a judge and he or she will decide whether our claim can go forward for a […]

Our claim for a judicial review is with the court

Action for a Judicial Review of Convoys Wharf Planning Permission We have made our claim for a judicial review to the court. It will take around 6 weeks to be considered and for us to find out if the judge agrees we can go forward to the judicial review. In the meantime we need to […]