Southwark Housing Strategy 2020 - Your chance to have your say

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Closes 31 May 2020

Principle 1

Principle 1. Increasing the supply of quality new homes that people can genuinely afford

Commitments:

  •  Continuing to deliver 11,000 new council homes by 2043
  • Maximising the supply of other forms of social rent and intermediate homes (including London Living Rent and shared ownership homes)
  • Ensuring all new homes are of a high quality, including a mix of different types and sizes which respond to people’s changing needs over time.
  • Ensuring a supply of homes to meet specific needs including homes for people with disabilities and older people
  • Increasing supply through making better use of existing properties

Related Information

New housing strategy

Previous Housing Strategy

Reason for change

Single introductory foreword by Cabinet Member

Foreword, Introduction and summary of four principles

To reduce duplication for the reader

Principle 1. Increasing the supply of quality new homes that people can genuinely afford

Principle 1. We will use every tool at our disposal to increase the supply of all kinds of homes across Southwark

To focus the principle around delivery of genuinely affordable housing, but we will still being using all tools at our disposal to increase the supply of all kinds of homes in Southwark.

Commitment - Continuing to deliver 11,000 new council homes by 2043

 We have expanded this section to give more information about our approaches to delivering new homes and added a new interim delivery target from the New Council Plan.

Building 11,000 new council homes for social rent and hundreds more to be available on a shared ownership basis

To simplify wording and to reflect that some of these had already been delivered. The intermediate part is still reflected in the generic actions under this commitment.

Commitment - Maximising the supply of other forms of  social rent and intermediate homes (including London Living Rent and shared ownership homes)

 

 

 

Creating a New Southwark Plan and getting the most from regeneration opportunities to encourage and support housing growth

Ensuring a supply of new homes which are affordable to people on a range of incomes, through our major regeneration schemes in Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury Estate and beyond

 

To combine and simplify the commitments. In summary, this commitment was previously about increasing the overall supply of homes. This has been refocussed on the delivery of social rent and intermediate but still includes targets for increasing overall supply. It includes our housing targets from our regeneration schemes. We also inserted in some of the content from the former commitment around ensuring a supply of new homes which are affordable to people on a range of incomes.

Commitment - Ensuring all new homes are of a high quality, including a mix of different types and sizes which respond to people’s changing needs over time.

 

Creating a New Southwark Plan and getting the most from regeneration opportunities to encourage and support housing growth

Delivering a mix of homes, of different types and sizes, which are accessible and respond to people’s changing needs over time, through direct provision and in partnership with housing associations.

From the previous Quality Principle - Using our powers as the local planning authority to ensure that all new homes regardless of ownership, are built to the highest standards of quality

 

To combine and simplify the commitments. We moved some of the actions about the quality of new homes and neighbourhoods from the previous New Southwark Plan commitment to this new commitment. We reduced some of the wording in the commitment .

 

We moved and combined the section about the quality of new homes from the quality principle as it was duplicated in both the new supply and quality principles. This was to avoid repetition and a signpost to this section was included in Principle 2.

Commitment - Ensuring a supply of homes to meet specific needs including homes for people with disabilities and older people

 

Delivering a mix of homes, of different types and sizes, which are accessible and respond to people’s changing needs over time, through direct provision and in partnership with housing associations.

(Principle 4) Building lifetime homes, delivering extra care housing, exploring other specialist housing options for older people, and adapting properties to enable older residents and people with disabilities to live independently as long as possible in their communities.

 

We split out this part of commitment in to its own commitment and updated some of the wording in the actions to reflect changes in terminology.

We moved the sections about new supply of specialist housing from the previous commitment under principle 4. This was to remove duplication as it sat in both sections. A signpost to the principle is now included in the new principle 3.

Commitment - Increasing supply through making better use of existing properties

New Commitment built from content in the existing strategy

(Principle 4) Providing incentives and opportunities for under occupiers in social housing to downsize, releasing larger homes to reduce overcrowding.

There was previously a number of actions which related to bringing properties back in to use in the former Principles 2 and 4. There was also a new action from the New Council Plan 2018 to 22 around void turnaround times. We decided this would be clearer in a new commitment in the Supply section. While they don’t actually increase physical supply, they do increase usable supply.

(Removed as a separate commitment but included under other commitments)

Seeking opportunities to work in partnership with the private rented sector to develop good quality, well managed privately owned and rented homes.

Parts of this commitment were included under the commitment to maximising the supply of other forms of social rent and intermediate homes, and other parts were moved to under a new section under Principle 3 under the Commitment “ Increasing security of tenure for residents in the borough”

1. Do you agree with the proposed changes to Principle 1?
2. If you disagree or only partly agree with the changes to Principle 1, please tell us why.
3. Do you agree with the proposed changes to the commitments?
4. If you disagree or only partly agree with the changes to the commitments, please tell us why.