Why we're building

Southwark Council is the largest local authority landlord in London, but like all local authorities we have an acute lack of much-needed housing. We’ve lost a significant number of our council homes through Right to Buy and have more than 10,000 households on our housing waiting list. One of the primary drivers of homelessness is a lack of genuinely affordable homes. We know housing is a top concern for our residents, and that they want and need us to build more homes.

We launched a new, long-term approach to building new council homes in January 2013, with the most ambitious plans in the country to build new council homes. We’ve committed to building 11,000 new council homes by 2043 – 2,500 of these by 2022 – and this target only includes council rent homes.

It’s crucial we set ambitious targets for building new council homes if we’re to tackle the housing crisis locally and ensure our residents have high quality homes they can be proud of.

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Page last updated: 09 January 2020

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