London council gives go ahead for new homes
A London council has green-lit plans to build 250 new council homes.
Lewisham council will also start an in-depth review of how housing stock is managed and run, consulting with tenants from the autumn over the possibility of transferring stock to another provider.
One of the options under consideration will be to set up a mutual organisation, giving tenants and residents more control of housing policy.
In an overhaul of the council’s housing strategy, Mayor Sir Steve Bullock also kicked off a detailed analysis of possible sites for new housing in Lewisham, emphasising the intention to work with developers and housing associations to invest in new and existing stock.
The new-build programme will represent Lewisham’s first new council-built social housing for 30 years after it was given the go ahead by Sir Steve.
‘I’m pleased that we have the prospect of being able to build 250 new council homes in the borough,’ he said. ‘We need to look creatively at how we provide more homes.
‘We also need to look to the future and how we can provide adaptable and desirable housing for our older residents; homes that will stand the test of time and be fit-for-purpose in 10, 20, 30 years’ time.
‘Changing how we manage our social housing stock is also a key priority for the council. More and more these days residents want a say in how their council homes are run and maintained. And quite rightly so. Resident engagement is a key part of what we’ll be doing in the coming months and years in Lewisham, asking people how they want to see their housing shaped in the future, and how they want to be part of it.’
The council intends to have a clearer picture by the end of the year of how residents want their housing stock managed.