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Cabinet sets out vision for housing in Southwark

30 January 2014
This week Southwark’s Labour Cabinet agreed its vision for a new 30 year Housing Strategy, which includes building 11,000 new council homes, delivering genuinely affordable housing for local residents to buy and rent, ensuring all council homes are fit for purpose, delivering specialist housing options for older and vulnerable residents and improving standards in the private rented sector.

The Housing Strategy is based around 4 key principles, including increasing the supply of all kinds of homes across Southwark; demanding the highest standards of quality in all homes, both private and council; supporting and encouraging all residents to take pride and responsibility in their homes and local area; and helping vulnerable individuals and families to meet their housing needs and live as independently as possible.

At the same meeting the Cabinet pledged to support council tenants through the current cost of living crisis, announcing its commitment not to increase rents above inflation next year, rejecting the  Lib Dem/Tory coalition government’s proposed 5.4% rent increase.

The Cabinet also announced that it has selected a development partner for Aylesbury Estate regeneration project, which will deliver almost 3,500 new homes including 50% affordable homes. Despite the withdrawal of Government funding for the Aylesbury Estate in 2010, the Cabinet has pressed ahead with its plans for the estate and will now work with Notting Hill Housing Trust to deliver one of the most ambitious regeneration projects in Europe. 
Southwark’s Labour administration has already delivered significant achievements in housing, including:
  • The creation of a new professional housing department
  • Investing £326m to make every council home Warm, Dry and Safe. 
  • Giving planning consent to build over 11,000 new homes, making Southwark the fifth highest London borough in terms of house building and also the fifth highest in building affordable housing.
  • Adopting a Standard for the private rented properties and landlords and introducing an
    accreditation scheme. 
  • Cracking down on illegal subletting of social rented properties.
Leader of the Council Peter John said:

“This vision begins to set out our robust strategy for housing in Southwark over the next thirty years. We have an ambitious but realistic plan to build 11,000 new council homes, which affirms our commitment to delivering affordable housing for local residents.

“We are keeping rents low, investing in the future of housing in the borough, improving the quality of our existing council houses and delivering genuinely affordable homes for people in the borough. Southwark is leading the way for other boroughs by committing to build 11,000 new council homes – we are playing our part in solving the London housing crisis and delivering for local people.”


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