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 16,500 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 some of the most ambitious plans in the country to build new council homes. We met our target of starting construction or delivering 2,500 new council homes by May 2022, and we have plans to build 1,000 more by 2026.
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.
Page last updated: 09 September 2022