Councillor Matthew Bennett, Cabinet Member for Housing, blogs on Lambeth Council delivering the first new council homes in the borough for a generation
In May, along with Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council, I went to the opening of a fantastic partnership between the council and Vauxhall City Farm. Together we’ve put the farm on a secure footing as a great resource for local children (and adults…) and built the first eight council homes of our 1000 extra homes at council rent that we promised in our 2014 manifesto.
Councillor Bennett, Councillor Peck and representatives of Vauxhall City Farm and St James'
Now the next homes are nearly ready. On Akerman Road in Vassall ward, north of Brixton, nine new council homes are nearly ready for local families to move into. These family-sized homes will offer the chance for local families to put down roots in the area and have a secure, stable place to call home for the rest of their lives and it was great to look around them with local ward councillors, Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop.
New homes at Akerman Road
Lambeth is looking at every opportunity to build these 1000 extra homes for council rent. We’re building on small sites like at Akerman Road; developing bigger schemes on brownfield land like at Somerleyton Road in Brixton and selling underused office blocks and building new social housing as part of the ‘Your New Town Hall’ project. We are also working on six major estate regeneration projects, all seeing big increases in social housing, when the Government isn’t putting a penny towards genuinely affordable housing for Londoners.
Three of the new homes at Akerman Road have been built to the environmental gold standard, Passivhaus. This means the tenants who move in will almost never have to put the heating on – so the carbon impact on the environment of the new homes is as low as possible and the tenants’ fuel bills are kept low – tackling fuel poverty as well as housing costs.
As a Labour council we’re committed to building homes that meet the needs of local families. We’re proud that Lambeth is building again – and there are hundreds more homes like these coming in the next few years.