Council becomes last in London to demand delivery of social housing

Southwark Council has committed to aiming for 50% of any new housing to be social or intermediate rent as part of new plans.

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Southwark council has become the last London council to demand delivery of social housing in its planning policy.

As part of its New Southwark Plan (NSP), which has now been submitted, the council has committed to aiming for 50% of any new housing or social or intermediate rent.

The NSP is said to be Southwark Council’s ‘blueprint’ for future planning and developments and lays out what and where it wants to see areas for, for example, housing and green spaces.

On the news, Cllr Johnson Situ, Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning said: “In Southwark we are ambitious in our response to the housing crisis with a bold target to deliver 2,355 new homes every year, to match our target of building 11,000 new council homes by 2043.

“Ensuring developers are providing as much affordable housing as possible, particularly social housing is a fundamental part of our approach to responding to the housing crisis.

“Our minimum requirement is 35% for social and intermediate homes, split 25% and 10% respectively, but together with our new council homes programme we aim for half of all new homes to be social or intermediate in all future developments.”

As part of the council’s pledge to help tackle the Climate emergency, the NSP will demand all developments reduce their carbon emissions and retain all Metropolitan Open Land, Borough Open Land and other Open Space as well ask work to create more open and green spaces.

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