An ambitious housebuilding programme has been launched by the Croydon council to help boost the supply of new and affordable homes in the area.
The council is a significant land owner and around 50 sites have been identified that potentially could be used to build around 1,000 new homes by 2018.
Its development company, Brick by Brick, will build the much-needed housing on council-owned land across the borough.
Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said:
“With many parts of the country in the grip of a serious housing crisis, Croydon is taking control and getting back into the house-building business to help our local communities and address the shortage of homes.
“We can no longer afford to sit back and let the market take its course, as it is just not delivering enough homes to meet demand, leaving many of our residents homeless or stuck in temporary accommodation, unable to afford to rent or buy. Although the private sector has a huge part to play in helping Croydon to achieve its targets, the council also a direct role to play in making sure we are providing enough new and affordable homes for local families.”
Feasibility studies are now under way and when suitable sites have been identified, the council had said it will be engaging with local people about any possible residential development in their area.