London mayor Sadiq Khan visited the site of 29 new homes and a new community centre in Peckham’s Acorn Estate last week.
Lilac House, on Meeting House Lane, is being built on the former Acorn Neighbourhood Housing Office; vacant since 2009.
Southwark Council says “at least 50 per cent” of the homes will be offered to local tenants who are in housing need.
Often this means those living in overcrowded housing in the surrounding estate are given first refusal.
Khan was joined by deputy mayor for housing, Tom Copley, Camberwell and Peckham MP Harriet Harman, Southwark council leader Peter John, and the council’s new homes cabinet member Leo Pollak.
“Southwark has one of London’s most ambitious council home building programmes and I’m pleased to see the progress being made today at Meeting House Lane and sites across the borough,” he said at the visit on Thursday, February 13.
Cllr Pollak described the development as “beautifully designed” and a “model of what council housing and estate improvements can look like in the twenty-first century.”