Friday, 29 May 2015

Southwark plans 1,000 council homes by 2020

Southwark Council announced today it has set itself a target to build 1,000 new council homes – averaging 100 a year - before 2020.

The south London local authority plans to use spaces in Southwark which are underused, vacant or problematic, such as garage spaces, for large-scale development.

The homes will be council-funded and managed giving greater control over rents and management. The council hopes to use the homes for local residents in priority need, allowing it to re-let existing homes and create better mobility on estates.

It also believes it will help it provide housing appropriate to people’s needs, including larger properties for families and wheelchair adapted homes for disabled people.

Leader of Southwark Council Peter John said: ‘We are absolutely committed to delivering more high quality, genuinely affordable council homes for Southwark, which is why we have ambitious plans to build 1,000 in Southwark by 2020.

‘Over the past year we have already delivered 600 affordable homes in Southwark, but no one else is talking about building council homes on this scale.’

The council has received successful returns from regeneration and development projects, he said, and it would make economic sense to plough this back into council housing.

‘This will provide a secure and sustainable answer to the problem of an ever-rising housing waiting list,’ Mr John said.

‘It will also mean we can avoid a situation where Southwark residents have to move out of the borough to find an affordable property.’

The first proposed site for new homes to be built is at the former Borough and Bankside housing office site on Long Lane, SE1. Consultation on the building of 25 to 30 new homes will begin after a report is submitted to the council’s cabinet in July 2012.

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