Lewisham scraps Millwall scheme

Lewisham Council have dropped plans to develop the land around Millwall Stadium, a scheme which the club claimed would jeopardise its future in the borough. The Guardian reports:

The plan to evict Millwall from their land around The Den by compulsory purchase order (CPO) has been abandoned after months of fierce public pressure. In a statement Lewisham council’s elected mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, said that the CPO on Millwall’s land “should not proceed”, pulling the plug on the plan that could have threatened the club’s future existence in its historical south London home.

Residents threatened with eviction by the £1bn regeneration scheme will also be celebrating as a concerted campaign to expose the plans to detailed scrutiny has finally borne fruit.

The scheme on Lewisham's north-western border was a key part of the Council's regeneration strategy.

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