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Housing facts and figures 2004/2005 to 2021

Permissions and delivery of family housing

Our policy ensures developments deliver a range of housing sizes, especially three or more bedroom homes, for people of all incomes and different needs. In the Core Strategy 2011, major developments (of 10 or more units) must provide at least 60% two or more bedroom units, with a proportion of three, four or five bedroom units required in designated areas - density zones, action area cores and opportunity areas. This requirement is being carried through to the New Southwark Plan.

The following section provides the proportion of family homes (three or more bedroom units) approved and delivered against major developments across the borough. Even though the level of requirements for family size homes varies by designated area, it is a useful indicator of the overall provision of family homes in Southwark during the reporting period.

This is reported in gross terms due to unavailable historical data from earlier regeneration schemes. This missing data makes it difficult to know the net change (in terms of family homes), when some units, demolished through redevelopment, did not have the number of bedrooms recorded.

4.1 Gross approved family homes in number and tenure breakdown

Across the reporting period between 2004 and 2019, 8,702 family units from all developments were approved, equating to 580 new units permitted every year (Table 11). Out of the major developments approved, 6,565 family homes were secured, meaning one in every five homes approved on the major developments was a family home with three or more bedrooms.

Table 11 - Gross approved family homes and those approved on major developments

Financial year (1 April to 31 March)

Total  family homes

Family homes on major developments

Major developments (10 or more units)

Percentage of major developments for family homes

2004 - 2005

480

300

3729

13%

2005 - 2006

257

127

2250

11%

2006 - 2007

344

239

2740

13%

2007 - 2008

434

289

2762

16%

2008 - 2009

594

470

2872

21%

2009 - 2010

385

272

1699

23%

2010 - 2011

694

532

2915

24%

2011 - 2012

605

422

2174

28%

2012 - 2013

656

528

3960

17%

2013 - 2014

946

813

4155

23%

2014 - 2015

663

483

2964

22%

2015 - 2016

1534

1437

4502

34%

2016 - 2017

316

153

1136

28%

2017 - 2018

344

198

1782

19%

2018 - 2019

450

302

2331

19%

Total

8,702

6,565

41,971

21%

Annual average

580

438

2,798

 

Source: Summary of housing approvals 2004 to 2019: Sheet 2: family homes and Sheet 3: major development

As Table 12 shows, 84% of the overall gross affordable family homes approved were social rent, a total of 2,962 units and an annual average of 197. The remaining comprised 1% affordable rent (2 units) and 15% other intermediate products (549 units). This addressed the housing needs identified in Strategic Housing Market Assessments (see evidence base section), which sets out that the highest need in social rented and homes of up to 50% of a low market rent was two, three and four bedroom units. 

Table 12 - Gross approved affordable family homes by tenure

Financial Year
(1 April to 31 March)

Total family homes

Total Affordable

Family housing affordable breakdown

Social Rent

Affordable Rent

Intermediate

2004 - 2005

480

264

205

0

59

2005 - 2006

257

157

134

0

23

2006 - 2007

344

221

188

0

33

2007 - 2008

434

188

167

0

21

2008 - 2009

594

220

202

0

18

2009 - 2010

385

260

246

0

14

2010 - 2011

694

280

217

15

48

2011 - 2012

605

188

152

9

27

2012 - 2013

656

238

180

0

58

2013 - 2014

946

210

163

0

47

2014 - 2015

663

206

176

4

26

2015 - 2016

1534

681

574

0

107

2016 - 2017

316

112

90

0

22

2017 - 2018

344

142

118

0

24

2018 - 2019

450

179

150

7

22

Total

8,702

3,546

2,962

35

549

Annual average

580

236

197

2

37

% for affordable

40%

 

% for each tenure within affordable

 

100%

84%

1%

15%

Source: Summary of housing approvals 2004 to 2019: Sheet 2: family homes

4.2 Gross completed family homes in number and tenure breakdown

Across the 16-year reporting period, 4,782 family homes were built on all developments (Table 13). Out of the major developments, 3,161 family homes were built, taking up 13% of the units delivered on these developments (198 units delivered annually).

Table 13 - Gross family housing built overall and those built on major developments

Financial Year (1 April to 31 March)

Total Family homes

Family homes on major developments

Total homes on major developments

Percentage of major developments for family homes

2004/2005

254

162

1562

10%

2005/2006

178

89

1491

6%

2006/2007

207

75

1917

4%

2007/2008

169

101

1502

7%

2008/2009

137

43

800

5%

2009/2010

244

169

1123

15%

2010/2011

151

101

1334

8%

2011/2012

287

142

888

16%

2012/2013

234

112

919

12%

2013/2014

391

280

1481

19%

2014/2015

296

145

1216

12%

2015/2016

353

231

1356

17%

2016/2017

495

396

2257

18%

2017/2018

164

80

591

14%

2018/2019

794

693

3310

21%

2019/2020

428 342 1669 20%

Total

4782

3161

23,416

13%

Annual average

299

198

1463

 

.Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 – 2019: Sheet 2: family homes; Sheet 3: major developments

Table 14 - Gross completed Affordable family homes by tenure

Of the total family homes delivered, almost half (47%) were affordable at 2,172 units. Among all the affordable family homes, 88% were social rent, equating to 1,900 units and an annual average of 119 units. Over the period, 28 affordable rented family homes were delivered, along with other intermediate ones totalling 244 units.

Financial Year
(1 April to 31 March)

Total

Affordable total

Social Rent

Affordable Rent

Intermediate

2004 - 2005

254

170

165

0

5

2005 - 2006

178

59

52

0

7

2006 - 2007

207

68

64

0

4

2007 - 2008

169

127

117

0

10

2008 - 2009

137

67

62

0

5

2009 - 2010

244

178

151

0

27

2010 - 2011

151

76

65

0

11

2011 - 2012

287

204

195

0

9

2012 - 2013

234

150

136

0

14

2013 - 2014

391

164

137

3

24

2014 - 2015

296

138

84

20

34

2015 - 2016

353

129

115

1

13

2016 - 2017

495

187

171

1

15

2017 - 2018

164

40

34

3

3

2018 - 2019

794

304

263

0

41

2019 - 2020

302 111 89 0 22

Total

4656

2172

1900

28

244

Annual Average

291

136

119

2

15

% for affordable

47%

 

% of tenure within affordable

 

100%

88%

1%

11%

 Source: Summary of housing completions 2004 to 2019: Sheet 1: overall by tenure

Page last updated: 22 February 2022

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