authority was engaged in discussing with the Minister the resumption
of slum clearance.
At the request of the Minister, the county council formulated a
slum clearance programme for the whole of the LCC area for the five
year period 1951-55, involving some 3,000 dwellings per annum.
The county council reached agreement with the various metropolitan
borough councils with respect to the number of houses unfit for human
habitation to be dealt with by clearance area procedure each year in each
borough and as to which of these houses should be dealt with by the
county council and the borough councils respectively.
The programme for Lewisham was as follows:—
Year Locality Approximate No. of dwellings Responsible authority 1951 Southend Lane 12 Lewisham Borough Council 1952 Willow Way, Sydenham 16 Lewisham Borough Council Wells Park Road, Sydenham 55 London County Council Lee Church Street 120 Lewisham Borough Council 1953 Davids Road, Forest Hill 10 Lewisham Borough Council Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill 9 Lewisham Borough Council 1954 Hither Green Lane 7 Lewisham Borough Council 1955 - — - 229 !()
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The twelve properties in Southend Lane have already been dealt
with by the Lewisham borough council as individual unfit houses.
With regard to the programme for 1952, a detailed report on the Lee
Church Street area will be found below. The Willow Way area
is zoned for light industry and the area will be dealt with by a clearance
order or orders which will leave the owners responsible for the necessary
demolition. The properties have been inspected and a preliminary
report submitted to the committee. The Wells Park Road area is
being dealt with by the county council, and the requisite rehousing will
be carried out by that authority.
Lee Church Street clearance area
The Council, in pursuance of section 33 of the Housing Act, 1936,
gave notice to the London County Council that it was intended to
consider a proposal that seven areas in the neighbourhood of Lee
Church Street should be declared clearance areas. The County Council
replied that it did not itself propose to deal with these areas and that
an application for assistance in rehousing displaced families would be
considered on its merits. All the properties affected are within an
area designated for residential purposes on the Development Plan for
the Administrative County of London with the exception of 19-33,
Lee Church Street, which are within an area designated for educational