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Southwark maps out 1,500 new council homes in just four years as part of the most ambitious council house build in the country

Published on 17 December 2014

Housing

Southwark Council is one step closer to building the first 1,500 of its 11,000 new council homes after publishing details of where those properties will be.

Housing services at your fingertips

Housing repairs

Published on 27 November 2014

From repairs to rents and service charges, council tenants and leaseholders across Southwark can now access all their essential housing services online via the housing services portal on MySouthwark.

Overwhelming public support following 11,000 new homes consultation

Southwark Council

Published on 24 November 2014

Southwark Council has reaffirmed its commitment to engage as widely as possible with residents across the borough, on the planned building of 11,000 new council homes.

Hundreds of homes part of expectations for Canada Water

Southwark Council logo

Published on 20 November 2014

Hundreds of affordable homes and council homes, a brand new leisure centre and a world class town centre will be delivered in Canada Water as the council confirms its expectations from British Land.

Council's housing partners reach milestone in Southwark

cllr mark williams mrs and mr levent notting hill housing trust ceo kate davies and chairman paul hodgkinson

Published on 13 November 2014

Notting Hill Housing Group reached its 30,000th home in London at its mixed tenure development, The Exchange, in Bermondsey this month.

Southwark launches consultation on proposal to introduce private rental sector licensing

Housing

Published on 7 October 2014

In a bid to tackle anti social behaviour and drive up standards in Southwark’s private rental sector, the council has launched a public consultation seeking local opinion on the subject.

New future for the Lakanal building

Southwark Council

Published on 11 September 2014

Many people living in Southwark, and across London, may remember the tragic event of 3 July 2009 when six residents lost their lives in a tower block fire in Camberwell.

Jail time for fraudulent tenant

Justice

Published on 15 August 2014

A former Southwark tenant is facing five months in prison after been found guilty of obtaining a council home fraudulently.

Southwark Council: keeping social rent affordable for Londoners

Southwark Council

Published on 6 August 2014

As rent and house prices continue to rise, Southwark Council is keeping to its pledge to keep council rents below £100 per week on average.

Minister visits the council residents taking control of their homes

Visit from Communities Minister

Published on 18 July 2014

Last week Communities Minister Stephen Williams MP visited Leathermarket JMB, one of Southwark Council's most successful tenant management organisations (TMOs).

Southwark housing scheme wins national design award

Royal Road

Published on 17 July 2014

A new housing scheme that forms part of Southwark Council’s Heygate replacement programme has won a prestigious design award.

Here's how Southwark Council will deliver thousands of new council homes

Southwark Council

Published on 16 July 2014

At Southwark Council's cabinet meeting on Tuesday 22 July, the cabinet is set to discuss how the council will deliver thousands of brand new council homes.

Southwark Council explains the responsibilities of being a housing tenant

Southwark Council

Published on 27 June 2014

Southwark Council, in partnership with Southwark Citizen Advice Bureaux Services (CABx), held a highly successful tenant training event this month, attended by over 40 households.

Council scoops award for supporting tenants to manage their housing

Southwark Council

Published on 25 June 2014

The council has worked for a long time to ensure that tenants are given the freedom and support to manage their own housing estates and homes as much as possible.

Aylesbury transformation continues with plans for more than 800 new homes

Southwark Council

Published on 25 June 2014

Work to revitalise one of the largest housing estates in Europe is continuing apace this summer as Southwark Council begins the next phase of the Aylesbury regeneration.

Fraudulent estate agent made to pay for illegal subletting crimes

Justice

Published on 25 June 2014

An estate agent who committed housing fraud has become the latest to be penalised in Southwark Council's fight against illegal subletting.

Ambitious plans to build 11,000 new council homes begins on site

teven bullen balfour cllr fiona colley cab member for regen southwark council stuart daynton mott macdonald

Published on 11 April 2014

This week, construction of the first of 11,000 of the council’s promised new council homes has begun.

Spectacular high-rise views restored as scaffolding comes down in Elephant

Draper House

Published on 10 April 2014

Residents of a high-rise block in Elephant and Castle will, at last, this week have their superb views of London restored as scaffolding and safety netting is taken down.

Residents vote in favour of brand new tenant managed organisation

Southwark Council

Published on 3 April 2014

The residents of the D'Eynesford Estate, a council estate which is home to 361 families, have voted in favour of establishing a tenant managed organisation (TMO) for their area.

Four years in jail for audacious fraudster

Southwark Council

Published on 24 March 2014

A fraudster who abused his position of trust as a Southwark Council homelessness worker, was sentenced to four years in prison last week.

Southwark Council challenges Mayor over 'affordable' rent

Published on 14 March 2014

Southwark Council has joined forces with eight other London boroughs, led by Islington Council, to challenge the Mayor of London in court over the affordability of rents in the capital.

A new era: Final stages of demolition at Heygate Estate

Heygate demolition

Published on 12 February 2014

This week, the last stages of the demolition of Heygate Estate are taking place, a pivotal moment before it makes way for nearly 2,500 modern, warm, dry and safe new homes.

Southwark Council commits to making good housing affordable for Londoners

Housing

Published on 5 February 2014

With almost half of Southwark’s households earning less than £15,000 and over 36,000 families living in council homes, every effort must be made to help those who are struggling.

Southwark's housing heroes get their time in the limelight

Housing Heroes Awards

Published on 24 January 2014

The winners of a competition set up by Southwark Council to find the people who have dedicated their lives to helping others on its housing estates and in its communities have been announced.

Styles House to self manage

Southwark council logo

Published on 6 January 2014

Styles House, a council property near Waterloo, which is home to 56 families, is to become a tenant management organisation (TMO) from 6 January 2014.

Mayor offers over £5m for Southwark Council’s home-building programme

Southwark council logo

Published on 27 December 2013

Southwark Council's building programme has been allocated £5.275m from the Mayor's 'Building the Pipeline' fund.

New allocations scheme to see locals housed first

Housing

Published on 28 November 2013

Following cabinet approval in principle, Southwark Council has made radical changes to the way housing is allocated in the borough.

Local authority issues legal challenge on Mayor’s affordable rent decision

row of houses

Published on 26 November 2013

Southwark Council has long campaigned for greater control for local authorities in setting rents in order to make it more affordable, particularly in central London where market rents are high.

New homes for a new town centre in Canada Water

Southwark council logo

Published on 6 November 2013

The building of over 1,000 new homes was approved at Southwark Council’s planning committee last night.

Southwark Council leads London for equality in housing service

Southwark Council leads London for equality in housing service

Published on 4 November 2013

Southwark Council has become the first local authority in London to be accredited by the Housing Diversity Network for its work to promote equality and opportunity within its housing service.

Most expensive council homes ever sold to provide many more new ones

Take Courage

Published on 23 October 2013

New council homes are earmarked for construction as just two of the most expensive former council homes ever to be sold go to auction.

Calling all housing heroes

Housing Heroes Awards

Published on 11 October 2013

Southwark Council has launched the Housing Heroes awards to recognise individuals or groups of people who have made an outstanding contribution to their local area and contributed to improvements.

Angelic relic rejuvenated into homes receives English Heritage award

The Concrete House

Published on 3 October 2013

In December 2010, Southwark Council took possession of 549 Lordship Lane, nicknamed The Concrete House, after a lengthy legal process.

Southwark Council urges other authorities to deliver more homes at low rent

Southwark council logo

Published on 24 September 2013

Southwark Council's cabinet member for housing spoke at the Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) seminar yesterday afternoon (23 September).

Councils to take Mayor of London to court over "affordable" rents

Southwark Council logo

Published on 20 September 2013

Eight London councils have notified the Mayor of London that they intend to launch a legal challenge in order to protect genuinely-affordable rents for local residents.

Southwark Council: the only local authority in England to gain place in Top 50 Landlords

Published on 20 September 2013

Southwark Council has been voted into 24 Housing Magazine's Top 50 Landlords.

Local authority considers court action on Mayor’s affordable rent decision

Southwark Council logo

Published on 9 September 2013

Southwark Council have announced that it is taking advice on potential court action, in order to achieve affordable rental levels for residents.

Secretary of State upholds decision to gain possession of final Heygate homes

Heygate walkway

Published on 19 July 2013

The secretary of State, Eric Pickles, has upheld the decision for Southwark Council to compulsorily purchase the remaining three flats on Heygate Estate in order to progress its regeneration plans.

Council bucks national trend and promises vast increase in number of council houses

Southwark Council logo

Published on 16 July 2013

Southwark Council Leader Cllr Peter John has announced that the central London council will build 10,000 new council homes over the next thirty years.

Independent Housing Commission - Conclusions And Next Steps Following Community And Stakeholder Engagement

Southwark Council logo

Published on 9 July 2013

Southwark Council's Cabinet is expected to agree a way forward to create an ambitious strategy to build even more new council homes for Southwark and London.

Southwark Council approves plans for new homes in Peckham

Construction site

Published on 3 July 2013

More than 100 new affordable homes will be built in Peckham, after Southwark Council approved plans for a new Notting Hill Housing Association development last night.

Difficult decisions ahead as council faces budget shortfall

Money

Published on 1 July 2013

Southwark Council has admitted it will be facing some difficult decisions in the coming years as it faces a £23m budget gap, but adds that plans are in place to make up the majority of the shortfall.

Southwark Council delivers on promises

Fairer future

Published on 1 July 2013

New homes delivery, a significant reduction in violent crime and an extensive programme of major housing repair works are just some of the promises Southwark Council is keeping.

Southwark Council spends over £100m improving its social housing

Southwark Council logo

Published on 28 June 2013

Over the past two years Southwark Council has spent over £100m with the aim of making every council house warm, dry and safe.

Southwark council flat fraudster sent to jail for fifteen months

Southwark Council logo

Published on 7 June 2013

A man who spun a web of lies to obtain a council flat, has been jailed for fifteen months, after the council's anti-fraud team uncovered the deception.

Bringing customer services in-house

Customer services

Published on 5 June 2013

Southwark Council has brought its customer services in-house and council staff will be dealing with repairs, benefits and waste collection enquiries.

Southwark Council wins award for tackling housing fraud

Housing

Published on 23 May 2013

Southwark Council has won The Cliff Nicholson Award 2013 for innovation and excellence in public service audit.

Southwark Council responds to Lakanal coroner's recommendations

Southwark Council logo

Published on 14 May 2013

In a report to its Cabinet, Southwark Council has set out its planned responses to the coroner's recommendations following the inquests into the deaths of six people at Lakanal House in 2009.

Biscuits make way for new-build in Bermondsey

Garibaldi biscuits

Published on 9 May 2013

Southwark Council has approved plans for a substantial redevelopment in Bermondsey, on the site of the old Peek Frean biscuit factory.

You’re hired – Southwark Council takes on 21 new apprentices

Housing office apprentices

Published on 2 May 2013

The council has recently taken on 21 new apprentices to improve its housing customer services.

Have your say about the future of council housing

Housing

Published on 4 April 2013

Southwark residents have the chance to have their say on the future of council housing in the borough, at consultation events across the borough.

Southwark Council gives green light to new homes on the Thames

Southwark Council logo

Published on 8 March 2013

Southwark Council’s planning committee this week approved plans that will enable 767 new homes to be built on a vacant site at Chambers Wharf.

Council Tax Bailiffs blitz Southwark

Southwark council logo

Published on 12 February 2013

Residents from Peckham and Borough who repeatedly refuse to pay their Council Tax are being targeted by council approved bailiffs.

Southwark Council plans council tax freeze for fifth year in a row

Published on 1 February 2013

Southwark residents will see a zero per cent increase in their council tax, after the planned 2013/14 draft budget was approved this week by Cabinet.

Southwark pledges £8 million for boilers in need

Green heating

Published on 25 January 2013

Old, less efficient and unreliable boilers in need of repair, will be replaced or upgraded as part of an £8 million replacement investment programme.

‘Snow’ rest for Council staff as weekend weather keeps them busy

Cllr Barrie Hargrove with driver Jason Lockett from Conways

Published on 22 January 2013

Southwark Council staff have been busy over the weekend keeping roads and pavements safe and checking on vulnerable residents during the bad weather.

Repairs text service boosts communication with residents

Published on 22 January 2013

A new text service designed to provide Southwark residents with alerts of major outages to blocks, such as the loss of heating, electricity or water, will be rolled out across the borough next month.

Lakanal inquests

The Lakanal building

Published on 10 January 2013

The council's thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic Lakanal fire of 2009. The inquests began on Monday 14 January.

Southwark goes digital to improve housing services

Housing

Published on 7 January 2013

To meet the increasing demand for housing advice and support the council's one-stop housing advice and assessment service, Housing Options, is going digital.

My Southwark sets 'The Blue' print for excellent customer services in Southwark

Photography by AMA

Published on 3 January 2013

My Southwark Customer Service Point, the new customer services hub for residents in the Bermondsey area, has opened at 11 Market Place, The Blue, Bermondsey SE16 3UQ.

Southwark invites residents to place future housing under the microscope

Aylesbury Estate

Published on 17 December 2012

Southwark Council is launching a comprehensive and open engagement into the proposals put forward in Southwark’s independent housing commission report published in October 2012.

Southwark considers proposal to increase rent whilst freezing charges for tenants

Money

Published on 14 December 2012

The council is consulting on recommendations which could see an average 4.85 per cent rise in council housing rents for 2013/14 whilst other charges are frozen for a year in order to help tenants.

Southwark launch first major doorstep operation to tackle Council Housing fraud

Southwark Council logo

Published on 4 December 2012

In a major crackdown against tenancy fraud, the first multi-agency operation led by Southwark Council, the UK Border Agency and the Metropolitan Police Service, was carried out on 1 December.

Expected increase in rough sleeping, one council prepares for the changes

Rough sleeping

Published on 28 November 2012

The latest pan-London rough sleeping count will take place tonight, in order to seek solutions going forward and gauge any changes from previous data.

Cabinet approves disposal of Nunhead site to create new social homes

Southwark Council logo

Published on 22 November 2012

Southwark Council's cabinet have agreed the sale of 155-161 Gordon Road, SE15 to Wandle Housing Association Limited.

Southwark’s fight against fraud bolstered by Police appointment

Police

Published on 14 November 2012

Southwark Council has announced the appointment of a new police officer seconded from the Fraud Squad at New Scotland Yard to bolster the organisation's fight against organised fraud.

Court orders housing fraudsters from Peckham to pay back £38,000

Justice

Published on 14 November 2012

A couple found guilty of committing housing fraud in Peckham have both been ordered to pay back £38k to Southwark Council.

Council tells residents: 'Keep giving us your feedback and we’ll keep improving'

Have your say

Published on 2 November 2012

The council has launched a consultation with residents on how it can further improve customer services and issues raised by residents.

1,000 new council homes to be let to local people

Mixed housing in Southwark

Published on 1 November 2012

Southwark Council will push forward plans to build 1,000 new council homes before 2020, a significant step to address the council’s priority for delivering more affordable housing in the borough.

Southwark Council bucks trend by putting wardens back in sheltered housing

An elderly lady and a young woman

Published on 24 October 2012

Southwark Council is set to buck a decade-old national trend by re-introducing permanent day-time wardens in all 20 of its sheltered housing schemes as part of plans to enhance its housing service.

"Ground breaking" Southwark Housing Commission's findings published

Housing

Published on 16 October 2012

For the past year, an independent Housing Commission chaired by nationally acclaimed housing lawyer Jan Luba QC, has been looking at the future prospects of council housing in the borough.

Over £40m for housing and amenity as large scheme receives planning approval

Gallery

Published on 10 October 2012

Southwark Council's commitment to regeneration in the borough, driving forward the planning process and the provision of housing and amenity for its residents was further demonstrated last night.

Warming up for winter as the heating goes on for council residents

Heating pressure

Published on 20 September 2012

This month, the council will begin the process of switching on its district heating, which will heat around 17,000 homes.

Final ‘walkways in the sky’ at Heygate estate to close

Heygate walkway

Published on 19 September 2012

The final series of linked bridges and walkways designed to help people cross a London housing estate is being closed off as preparations for the next phase of the site's demolition begin.

Peace and love in Peckham

Published on 10 August 2012

Peckham Peace Wall by Garudio Studiage, a wall of love and respect post-it notes which grew following last year's disturbances, was officially launched on 8 August 2012.

New interim housing repairs contractor appointed

Published on 10 August 2012

Southwark Council has announced that it has appointed Mears as its interim repairs provider for the south of the borough.

Final Heygate new homes are agreed by planners as another award is won

Library Street

Published on 10 August 2012

The last of the ten Heygate re-housing sites, Stead Street, has been granted planning permission by Southwark Council’s planning committee.

Southwark Council to crack down on council tax discount fraud

Published on 29 June 2012

Southwark residents claiming Single Persons Council Tax discount advised about forthcoming review as part of anti-fraud initiatives.

Southwark announces building of 1000 new council homes

John Paul Maytum and Peter John

Published on 16 May 2012

The council have set itself a target to build 1,000 new council homes before 2020, a significant step to address the council's priority for delivering genuinely affordable housing in the borough.

Council’s cabinet agrees way forward for multi-million pound estates

Published on 27 March 2012

After years of uncertainty, a way forward has been agreed for all six high investment need estates in Southwark, to bring about the much needed investment in social housing in the borough.

Stead Street Car Park redevelopment scheme: public consultation

Published on 27 March 2012

As part of the Heygate re-housing programme, Southwark Council has entered into a partnership with Guinness Housing Association to deliver new, affordable homes for local people.

School children given glimpse of Brad Pitt’s film set in Southwark

Lucky students from Walworth Academy on the Heygate Estate, the set of Brad Pitt's movie 'World War Z'. From left to right: Jordan Charlesworth, Emma Clancy, Philip Ofori-Amoyaw, Suhana Akthar, Miss Julia Kibela (teacher), Juan Lopez, Nadia Pontes, Fiona

Published on 28 September 2011

Hollywood magic descended on a London council estate when filming for Brad Pitt's forthcoming blockbuster World War Z moved to Southwark last week.

Southwark sends warning letters to tenants about rioting charges

Published on 24 August 2011

Dozens of letters have been sent to tenants in Southwark warning them that they may face eviction if they or members of their household are convicted of offences related to the riots in London.

Despite the recession, Southwark sees thousands of new homes complete

Published on 17 June 2011

Southwark Council continues to press ahead with building new social and affordable homes, and is building the first council homes to be completed for five years.

Half a billion pounds for council homes in Southwark

Mixed housing in Southwark

Published on 8 June 2011

The council has agreed an unprecedented amount of investment in council homes over the next five years

New residents enjoy first completed new homes on Aylesbury Estate

Published on 8 June 2011

While demolition of Aylesbury estate began in autumn last year, new homes have sprung up on Albany Place

Decent homes funding blow to tenants

Published on 22 February 2011

Southwark will receive less than half the £148million it needs over four years to invest in its housing after the government announced its latest grants for decent homes.

New year, new director and new focus for Southwark’s housing

Published on 10 January 2011

Gerri Scott, new director of housing services and cabinet member for housing, Ian Wingfield, will work together to address the biggest issues facing the borough.

From filthy laundries to fresh, new 'hidden' homes

Published on 23 November 2010

This week, Southwark Council's strategy to create homes from disused property on our estates, is taking a leap forward with the completion of two new homes, with more on the way. 

Southwark Council works with cops to tackle dodgy landlords

Published on 23 November 2010

Southwark Council has joined forces with the police in a bid to deal with landlords who try to force tenants onto the streets.

New director of housing services appointed

New director of housing services, Gerri Scott

Published on 13 October 2010

The Leader of Southwark Council, Cllr Peter John, can today announce that Gerri Scott has accepted the council's offer to take up the new position of director of housing services.

Good quality repairs - warm homes in Southwark

Published on 16 September 2010

Today, the council will begin the process of switching on its district heating, which will heat around 17,000 homes.

Tenants to get automatic rebates when services go down

Published on 27 August 2010

50,000 tenants and leaseholders will have services improved or receive a rebate when there are disruptions.

Maydew residents get their views discussed in cabinet meeting

Published on 15 July 2010

On Tuesday, the cabinet will meet to discuss the future for the people who live in Maydew House.

Council reveals details of new fire safety pact

Published on 9 July 2010

Southwark Council, London's biggest social landlord, has revealed details of a new pledge with the London Fire Brigade (LFB) to join forces to provide the highest standards of fire safety.

Cavity wall insulation for 5,000 council flats wins housing award

Published on 6 July 2010

Five thousand flats in Southwark will be insulated to help reduce energy costs for council tenants and carbon dioxide emissions.

Public art in Camberwell

Artwork on side of Marie Curie block

Published on 30 June 2010

South London Gallery, in Camberwell, has marked the opening of its new buildings with the commissioning of five public art works in the borough.

Council leader and deputy leader visit Heygate residents to offer support

Cllr Peter John visiting Heygate residents

Published on 7 June 2010

The leader and deputy leader of Southwark Council have made personal visits to residents still living on the Heygate estate.

Swapping homes makes two families very happy

Published on 2 June 2010

A family of four and an 81 year old lady have swapped homes in Southwark and there are big smiles all round.

All high rise blocks in Southwark undergoing technical inspections for fire safety

Published on 24 March 2010

All blocks of flats of seven storeys or more in Southwark will have undergone a rigorous, technical inspection of fire risks in the coming weeks.

Are you putting your neighbours at risk?

Published on 29 January 2010

For years, tenancy agreements and housing leases have told residents not to make changes to their homes without the council's permission.

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