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Housing facts and figures 2004/2005 to 2021

Total housing delivery

The London Plan 2016 housing target for Southwark Borough was 27,362 homes by 2025 (2,736 homes annually), giving it the second highest across London with a 80% rise in the delivery amount compared to London Plan 2011, which set a 10-year target to 20,050 homes.

The London Plan 2021 sets a 10-year target of 23,550, equating 2,355 homes per year for Southwark.

Table 1 - Total net delivery of homes

Financial Year

(1 April to 31 March)

No. of homes (self-contained, non-conventional units and empty homes back into use)

Mayor of London's annual housing target (year of London Plan version)

2004/2005

2146

1480 (2004)

2005/2006

1916

1480 (2004)

2006/2007

2396

1480 (2004)

2007/2008

1874

1630 (2008)

2008/2009

1325

1630 (2008)

2009/2010

1546

1630 (2008)

2010/2011

1803

1630 (2008)

2011/2012

1460

2005 (2011)

2012/2013

1723

2005 (2011)

2013/2014

1876

2005 (2011)

2014/2015

2234

2005 (2011)

2015/2016

2082

2736 (2015)

2016/2017

2689

2736 (2015)

2017/2018

936

2736 (2015)

2018/2019

3615

2736 (2015)

2019/2020

2020 2355 (2021)

Total

31,641

 

Average per year

1,978

 

Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 – 2019 – Sheet 1: overall by tenure; Sheet 8: non self-contained; Sheet 9: empty homes back into use

As Table 1 shows, over the past 16-year reporting period, 31,641 net new homes were delivered, averaging 1,978 per year, from the creation of self-contained homes (through new builds, conversions of non-residential floorspace and extension to existing homes), non-conventional accommodation such as student housing and shared living, and empty homes brought back into use by the collective efforts of the council and private owners (outside the planning system).

Committed to achieving a high rate of delivery, Southwark has prepared a Housing Delivery Test Action Plan in 2019 and it has been updated again in 2021 to provide an overview of housing delivery within the borough, setting out the various programmes and initiatives that are currently being undertaken and providing actions to uplift the delivery of new homes.   

In addition, the council has produced an updated version to 5 and 15 year housing land supply assessment in June 2021 (EIP198A) (pdf, 1.6mb), demonstrating it will be able to meet future housing need and the London Plan 2021 requirement.

Page last updated: 22 February 2022

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