Lambeth's Labour Council is delivering the most ambitious council-led building programme in a generation.
New figures show that over the past year Lambeth has exceeded its planning policy of 40% affordable housing. 43% of new homes completed in Lambeth in 2016-17 were new affordable homes, including new social housing and affordable home ownership. Out of a total of 1,010 net additional new build units, 431 units were affordable. Taking into account replacement social housing on estate regeneration schemes the percentage of affordable housing built in Lambeth last year rises to 47%.
Despite a lack of support for affordable housing from the Tory government Lambeth Labour is fighting for more and better homes for local people. We’re negotiating hard with developers, sticking to our policy position of 40% affordable housing, rejecting Lambeth Tories’ proposal to cut our policy position to a lower level. But we also know that securing a percentage of affordable housing from private developments will never be enough.
23,000 people are on Lambeth’s waiting list for social housing and nearly 2000 homeless families are in temporary accommodation that the council provides. To fight the housing crisis we can’t just rely on a slice of the private sector’s pie. With Labour Lambeth has launched the most ambitious council-led building programme in a generation. We were elected in 2014 on a pledge to build 1000 extra homes at council rent, alongside a £500m investment in improving our existing council housing.
We’re delivering on that promise: thousands of council homes have been refurbished with new windows, roofs, kitchens and bathrooms and our first new council homes in a generation are complete with local families already moved in. On our estate regeneration schemes we're not just rebuilding homes for all existing residents, we're increasing them. Over the next few months planning applications are being submitted for hundreds more new homes, and next spring 70 new council rent homes will be completed in Kennington. We’re also building new homes for private renters, with long tenancies, rent security and freedom from letting agent fees so we can drive up standards for everyone in the borough.
Earlier this month Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, awarded Lambeth funding for over 900 new affordable homes, more than any other London borough. We know that fighting London’s housing crisis will be hard, and will take a long time, but in Lambeth, with Labour, we’re delivering on our promise to build the homes we need to house the people of Lambeth.
Cllr Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration & Jobs