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Strategic housing market assessment 2014


Cobweb were commissioned by local authorities in South East London to undertake a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for the sub region. The local authorities involved in the project are Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark. A SHMA is a framework that local authorities and regional bodies can follow to develop a good understanding of how housing markets operate.


Affordable Housing Viability Study 2010


This report examines in terms of financial viability, the potential for development sites in Southwark to deliver affordable housing at varying percentages and mixes, whilst maintaining other planning obligations at the current levels as advised.



Planning Committee report on Affordable Rent


This Planning Committee report clarifies the council’s affordable housing policies, including the council’s current approach in addressing the affordable rent tenure.

Affordable Rent in Southwark study 2011


This study looks at the affordability of affordable rent across the nine different postcode areas of Southwark. It models a range of scenarios from 40% to 80% market rents for one, two, three and four bedrooms dwellings. It shows that it will be very difficult for people in housing need to afford the affordable rent model, particularly family homes.


Impact of the Affordable Rent tenure on the viability of developments in Southwark 2011


This study looks at the viability of delivering affordable rent housing in Southwark. It considers the potential for development sites in Southwark to deliver affordable housing at varying percentages and mixes, while maintaining other planning obligations at the current levels as advised.


Southwark Commuted Sums Study 2011


This study looks at how much money could be secured as a pooled contribution in lieu of on-site affordable housing, if a scheme was 100% private housing rather than requiring affordable housing to be on site. It tests the amount of potential pooled contribution that could be viable by testing 35 sites across Southwark. It is part of the evidence base for the draft affordable housing supplementary planning document 2011.



Student Implementation Study 2011




This study looks at how strategic policy 8 of the core strategy on requiring affordable housing within student homes could be implemented. It looks at ways in which the policy can be implemented as well as testing the viability of the policy. It is part of the evidence base for the draft affordable housing supplementary planning document 2011.



Background Papers



These background papers set out the evidence which supports the housing policies in:

  • Canada Water (2014)
  • The Core Strategy (Borough-wide) (2010)
  • Elephant and Castle (2011)
  • Peckham and Nunhead (2013)


Housing requirements study 2009


The study was undertaken to inform local policies, in particular relating to the development plan and housing strategy surrounding affordable housing provision. The study provides a key component of the evidence base required to develop and support a robust policy framework.

The study reports on housing requirements for each of the boroughs areas including:

  • Aylesbury
  • Bermondsey
  • Borough and Bankside
  • Camberwell
  • Dulwich
  • Nunhead and Peckham Rye
  • Peckham
  • Rotherhithe
  • Walworth


Current Southwark Housing DCA spreadsheets

Canada Water DCA July 2011

Archived Southwark Housing DCA spreadsheets


The Development Capacity Assessment (DCA) is a tool used to estimate potential future housing capacity that may come forward across a number of sites in the Borough. It has been developed following on from the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2009 (SHLAA) produced by the Greater London Authority (GLA). The DCA looks in more detail at the potential housing sites over 0.25 Hectares identified through Southwark's input into the SHLAA alongside smaller sites. The SHLAA helped the GLA in developing a 10 year housing target for each Borough which was set out in the London Plan (including REMA).

The DCA has taken the sites proposed as potential development sites in the SHLAA and determined whether they are all suitable as potential housing sites in the future and the timescale in which they realistically may come forward. It has assessed sites already proposed as allocated sites in the Southwark Plan UDP 2007, as well as sites that currently have valid planning permission, those that are on land owned by the council, those that are proposed through our Area Action Plans and other sites above and below 0.25 hectares that have the potential to accommodate housing in the future.

These assessments are not based on discussions with owners, rather, they are an assessment of potential sites that may help us to deliver on our housing targets over the time period of the Core Strategy. As such, it is important to stress that the Development Capacity Assessment is a forward capacity estimate only which assists Southwark Council in developing its housing trajectory. It is not to be used as a definitive list of sites that will come forward in the future, or with the number and breakdown of housing units that are outlined within it.


Southwark Housing Strategy to 2043


Southwark Council Cabinet agreed Southwark’s first long-term housing strategy in January 2015. The Southwark housing strategy to 2043 consists of four principles:

  • We will use every tool at our disposal to increase the supply of all kinds of homes across Southwark.
  • We will demand the highest standards of quality, making Southwark a place where you will not know whether you are visiting homes in private, housing association or council ownership.
  • We will support and encourage all residents to take pride and responsibility in their homes and local area.
  • We will help vulnerable individuals and families to meet their housing needs and live as independently as possible.

You can find our more information about the strategy here, or download the strategy using the link to the left


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