94% Of Southwark Council Homes Promised In 2017 Not Yet Built

Prior predictions stated that at least 2,500 of the 11,000 homes would be built by 2022. 

By Miriam, Peckham · June 9, 2020

Pic: Housing on Fairlie Drive, Stephen Craven, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Southwark City Council has built just 669 of the 11,000 new council homes it promised back in 2017. This is just 6% of the target amount.

The council had previously promised that at least 2,500 of the 11,000 homes would be built by 2022. 

However, in January 2020, in response to a Freedom of Information request, the council said they were “currently forecasting that this target will be met. The target includes work starting on site. The council is still adding new schemes to the programme to meet this target.”

As such, it estimates that 859 of the new homes will be built in 2020/21, 1,100 in 2021/22 and 1,775 in 2022/23.

It did not provide any information on when it expects all 11,000 homes to be completed.

If the council does reach their target of 2,500 in six years, and continue to work at the same speed, it will take a further 18 years to complete 10,000 homes; still 1,000 shy of their target. As such, it could be around the year 2040 before these council homes are built.

The media literacy charity The Student View made the findings. Southwark Council did not respond to requests for comment.