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Plans approved for 162 new council homes at two developments in Southwark

4 November 2021

Southwark Council has planning permission to build 162 new council homes at two developments in St Giles and Peckham, following Planning Committee on Tuesday 2 November 2021.

The development in St Giles will see 79 new council homes built at Sceaux Gardens on the site of the old Florian and Racine blocks and Marie Curie garages. Southwark Council will also be refurbishing a roadway into the estate as part of the works.

The development in Peckham will see 83 new council homes built at Bells Gardens Estate. The council will also be building a new retail unit, landscaped amenity areas and play spaces on the estate, as well as rebuilding a community facility and multi-use games area. 

Southwark Council has one of the most ambitious council homes building programmes in London, aiming to deliver or start construction on 2,500 new council homes by May 2022.

In line with the council’s local lettings policy, at least 50% of the new homes will be offered to local tenants in housing need who live in the immediate area. The remaining homes will be allocated to others on the council’s housing waiting list.

Councillor Stephanie Cryan, Cabinet Member for Council Homes and Homelessness said, “I’m absolutely delighted that these two schemes have been given planning permission and that we can forge ahead with our plans to provide over 160 brand new council homes for local people in these areas. These two developments are important, high-quality schemes which will bring enormous benefits for the community and help to tackle the housing crisis locally”.

Building works are expected to start at Sceaux Gardens in winter 2021 and complete by summer 2024. Works at Bells Gardens Estate are expected to start in spring 2022 and complete in spring 2026.

Page last updated: 04 November 2021

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