TfL must build affordable homes in Southwark

Transport for London must include the maximum number affordable homes possible in the new developments it is planning over Southwark tube stations, Liberal Democrats have demanded.

The homes would be part of TfL’s plans to build up to 600 homes at the Southwark and Bermondsey station sites.  The affordable homes would be especially welcome given the Labour council’s slow progress on building new council homes.  Since taking control of the council just 65 new general needs homes have been built.

Liberal Democrat councillors will meet with TfL bosses this week to discuss the plans.  They will also question whether the two sites can support 300 homes each and urge that TfL meets the borough’s minimum 35% affordable homes planning requirement.

Southwark Liberal Democrat group leader, Councillor Anood Al-Samerai, said:

“Building new homes on top of Southwark’s tube stations could offer real help for local residents desperate for a place of their own and is a real opportunity if TfL gets it right.

“Sadly, the Labour council often allows developers off the hook about meeting their affordable housing commitments.  Its own record so far on building new council homes has been really poor with just one home built every month so far since 2010. 

“We cannot allow this situation to continue.  As public assets, the land above tube stations should include genuinely affordable housing for local residents.  We do not want or need even more luxury flats that are sold to overseas investors and remain empty like so many other homes in north Southwark.

“Southwark Liberal Democrats are fighting residents’ corner on battling for more genuinely affordable homes.  These new Transport for London homes could make a real difference.”