Council's ambitious 11,000-home plan begins
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government
Southwark Council has started building the first of 11,000 new homes it has promised to deliver over the next 30 years.
Foundations have been laid and construction has begun at the Willow Walk site where 75 'affordable' homes will be developed, 21 of which will be for social rent.
The project will deliver eight one-bed homes, eight two-beds and five three-beds, including two wheelchair units on the ground floor. The site will also see 54 short-stay accommodation homes.
The new sustainable homes will have private gardens, bicycle storage, balconies and a communal courtyard.
Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This scheme, the first of an immense programme of construction, will not only create excellent, high quality council homes for those most in need, it will boost employment and contribute to reinvigorating London’s economy through house building.
"Southwark Council is a leading authority in regeneration and this is a tangible, proactive step towards fulfilling the promises made to the people of this borough – to ensure they see the full benefits and opportunities of regeneration with new homes, jobs and a better living environment.
"It is exciting to see the first significant numbers of council homes being built to be managed by Southwark Council for many years.”
Elsewhere in the borough, planning permission has now been granted for five new council housing developments.
The recently approved schemes, including Willow Walk, will mean 113 social rented homes will soon be built.
In total, 263 homes of different tenures, 184 for social rent, will be built in phase one of the council’s direct delivery programme.