Developer appointed for council's £20m affordable housing scheme
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing
Developer Lovell has been appointed by Southwark Council to deliver four affordable housing schemes in the borough.
The £20 million deal will see the firm construct over 90 homes across four sites, including:
• A mix of 67 one, two and three-bed apartments and three-bed maisonettes at Sumner Road for social rent and shared ownership.
• 19 one, two and three-bed apartments for social rent and a small commercial unit at Long Lane, on land formerly occupied by a housing office.
• Eight family houses for social rent at Nunhead Green on the site of the former Nunhead Lane community centre.
• A hostel in Old Kent Road with accommodation for 28 people.
Work on the schemes is expected to start in spring 2014 with completion scheduled for early 2016. All homes will meet level 4 of the code for sustainable homes, making them 44% more energy efficient than properties built to current building regulations.
Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said: “The appointment of contractors for the first phases of our direct delivery housing programme shows that we’re not just paying lip service – this is a programme of proactive homebuilding that has already begun in order to address the huge demand on housing in our central-London borough. I am pleased that contractors have been appointed for these sites and we can now press ahead with our plans to create 11,000 brand-new homes over the next 30 years for people in Southwark.”
Lovell regional director, Peter Taylor, adds: “There is a pressing need for new affordable homes in the capital and these schemes will play an important role in meeting the demand for quality, energy-efficient new housing in Southwark, providing homes for social rent and shared ownership properties which will help people take their first step on to the housing ladder. We’re delighted to be working alongside Morgan Sindall and Southwark Council to deliver these new developments.”
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