Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has praised Southwark Labour's "impressive" council house building programme on a visit to Willow Walk in Bermondsey.
The council intends to build 11,000 new council homes over the next few decades and is currently examining a range of funding options.
"We're just not building enough affordable housing generally so I'm really interested in seeing what is happening across the country, in the north and the south," said Lord Prescott.
"Thank goodness we're still building for ordinary people in Southwark, with the emphasis on quality and by the local authority – it's impressive and I'm pleased to see it."
Cllr Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, said: "I'm delighted to welcome the former deputy prime minister and to demonstrate that our plans for building thousands of new homes are not simply lip-service, they have become bricks and mortar.
"The first phase of our direct delivery programme is already well under way and we'll have much more to show as the months pass."
Speaking at last week's cabinet meeting Cllr Richard Livingstone, who holds the housing portfolio, insisted that a fair proportion of the new council homes would be built in the north of the borough and revealed that talks were under way with Leathermarket JMB about building further homes on their estates in Bermondsey beyond the sites already in the pipeline in Weston Street and Deverell Street.
"I know there had been fears that this was just about the south of the borough, but the majority of the new homes are in SE1 and SE16 I think."
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