Leader of the council and cabinet members

Councillor Helen Dennis

Cabinet Member for New Homes and Sustainable Development  

Cllr Dennis’s responsibilities include:

  • New council homes - the council’s work to build thousands of new council homes; including new council homes for older people; net-zero homes; and working with the Cabinet Member for Council Homes to deliver new council homes on the Aylesbury, Tustin, Ledbury and Abbeyfield estates
  • New affordable homes - including housing association social rent homes; keyworker homes; community land trusts and housing cooperatives; homes for refugees; and temporary accommodation.
  • Homelessness - including support for people who are at risk of being or who become homeless; working to end rough sleeping; securing good quality temporary accommodation; and establishing the council’s Good Lettings Agency
  • Planning and building control - planning applications, enforcement and policy (including the Southwark Plan, neighbourhood plans, area action plans and supplementary planning documents); Section 106 agreements and payments; and building control and dangerous structures
  • Old Kent Road - working with the community to shape development in the OKR opportunity area, including the delivery of new affordable homes and community infrastructure   
  • Major infrastructure projects, including the Bakerloo Line Extension, new Elephant & Castle Northern Line station, wider improvements to train and tube stations; and Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Empty homes and short-term lets - including the council’s Empty Homes Action Plan; and the Good Lettings Agency
  • Responding to the Southwark Land Commission

Page last updated: 30 May 2023

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