Homes for Lambeth’s ambitious plan to tackle the borough’s housing crisis approved by the council

Homes for Lambeth’s three-year business plan has been approved by the leader of Lambeth Council, Councillor Jack Hopkins.

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This ambitious plan to help transform the borough’s housing landscape will see this wholly-owned council housing company build over 4,000 new homes and roll out an exciting social investment programme to residents on six priority estates in Lambeth.

Broader objectives in this major housing investment are thrown into the spotlight in the face of the COVID-19 crisis and recovery through the plan’s emphasis on local job creation, apprenticeship and training opportunities all while promoting community developments and neighbourhood cohesion. This social investment and resident engagement programme is investing up to £2m over the next five years as Homes for Lambeth builds thriving communities and better futures for residents as they gradually take up tenancy in their new homes.

Richard Reynolds, Chair of HFL Group, said:

"In the last 12 months, we have assembled a highly skilled team ready to deliver this inspiring plan. We are in uncharted waters at the moment. However, I am confident that with hard work and dedication our team, working in close partnership with the council, residents and contractors, we will succeed."

Jitinder Takhar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Homes for Lambeth, said:

“We have laid the foundations for our long-term mission to build more and better homes for people living in the borough through our partnership with the council. Now, we commit to delivering on the plans. We will continue with our engagement activities in accordance with the social distancing measures, so we can improve our communications with all of our residents at this difficult time.”

Cllr Matthew Bennett, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, Investment and New Homes, said:

“The plan lays the groundwork for over a thousand new homes by 2025, over half of them affordable and with 439 new council homes. This is the biggest council building programme in Lambeth for a generation because we know the housing crisis can’t be fought without the council playing its part to build homes for local families.


“While the council’s focus is now rightly on supporting our residents through the coronavirus emergency it’s also right that we plan for the future. This plan will invest some £375m in our local economy, creating highly-skilled jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities – providing a strong stimulus to help Lambeth’s economy recover, alongside up to £2m of social investment in the local community.

“We’re also placing our commitment to the climate emergency front and centre with clear responses to sustainability and building a low carbon future in the borough because we know there is no just transition to zero carbon which leaves families homeless.”

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To download the Homes for Lambeth business plan, go to http://engage.homesforlambeth.co.uk/plan

The council decision is subject to a call in. Details of this and the decision can be found on the link here https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=6562

We are the council's wholly-owned house builder. We are building, for the council, strong and sustainable communities, delivering high-quality homes while also aiming to maximise the number of homes provided at genuinely affordable rents. These new genuinely affordable homes will house families waiting on the councils housing list. We work with carefully selected architects and existing residents on the estates we are rebuilding, to create homes and communities that will thrive for many years to come. We are:

  • Building new, sustainable homes for local people, including current residents on estates we are rebuilding
  • Providing high-quality shared spaces to encourage a sense of community
  • Reinvesting all surplus into building more new homes and supporting our communities
  • Staying on as a landlord, maintaining a long-term relationship with our residents, and delivering a great service

Media contacts

Jeannette Brooks
Resident Engagement & Communications Manager
T: 020 7926 3060 / M: 07720827536
E: jeannette@homesforlambeth.co.uk
W: homesforlambeth.co.uk

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