Homes to be built at several Southwark locations

Thu 12 February 2015, 2:54 pm

The locations for the first 1,500 of 11,000 homes Southwark Council plans to build in the borough by 2043 have been announced.

Most homes are planned for the northern half of the borough, and will include new-build properties, as well as the conversion of previously vacant space such as former community halls, disused rent offices and laundries into council homes, the authority said.

The first properties will be built in Willow Walk, Bermondsey, and are due for completion by March. They will include 75 affordable homes ­– 21 of which will be for residents from the council’s housing register, and 54 for households requiring urgent temporary accommodation.

Councillor Peter John, leader of the council, said: "Our commitment to build 11,000 new council homes across the borough by 2043 is the most ambitious in the country. I am pleased that we can now announced where the first 1,500 will be which we have committed to getting underway by 2018.

"Underpinning this decision has been an ongoing consultation with residents to make sure that we are meeting their needs and responding to their concerns.

"Council housing remains the most genuinely affordable option for many. This new generation of council homes at some of London’s most competitive rents will mean people across the borough will benefit and have a new place to live that they can be proud to call home."