Assembly to ask for robust stance on affordable housing when it delivers its evidence to London Plan examination

20 November 2012

This week sees the start of the final public debate on the Mayor’s proposals to revise the London Plan.

The Mayor is in the final stages of revising the London Plan and is arguing that he needs to change it to bring it in line with Government policy. The Chair of the London Assembly’s Planning Committee will be making the case for changes to some of the Mayor’s key planning policies at London Plan at the Examination in Public (EiP).[1] 

Nicky Gavron AM will represent the Assembly on Thursday 22 November on affordable housing. She gave evidence on the Mayor’s duty to co-operate with local authorities on Monday 19 November.

Housing choice and Affordable Housing

(Thursday, 22 November 2012)

The main debate will deal with affordable housing – perhaps London’s most pressing problem.  The Assembly will make a strong case that the London Plan should take a more robust stance on providing truly affordable housing in the capital.  Some of the issues that will be discussed include whether:

  • the Mayor has an up-to-date and sufficient base of evidence to identify the real scale of need for affordable housing in London and to justify his proposed changes to meet the need
  • boroughs should be excluded from having a say on what levels of rent can be charged for new affordable housing
  • the Mayor’s policies will see the level of new affordable housing needed for London built and help to deliver the right mix and balance of communities in London

Read the full submission from the Assembly Planning Committee.

The purpose[2] of this week’s EiP is to test the Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan – designed to shape the capital physically, environmentally and economically over the next two decades - and to examine some of the controversial issues and policies that were raised during the consultation process in June/July 2012.

The EiP takes place on 19 and 22 November at City Hall and is the last opportunity for public debate and scrutiny of selected issues before an independent panel.

Notes for editors:

  1. Read more about the EiP of the Revised Early Minor Alterations and Early Minor Alterations.
  2. The EiP provides an opportunity for a structured discussion and testing of the Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan (REMA) before an independent Inspector, Geoff Salter BA MRTPI, who was appointed by the Secretary of State.  The discussion is structured around the selection of “matters” chosen by the Inspector arising from consultations on the Minor Alterations.  The REMA was  published for consultation in June/July 2012. The Inspector’s Report, together with all the other consultation responses, must be taken into account when the Mayor decides whether any changes need to be made to the London Plan.  In preparing his report following the EiP, the Inspector will include recommendations for any amendments that he considers to be required to the REMA. 
  3. Nicky Gavron AM, Chair of the Planning Committee, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Lisa Moore in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4228/4283.  For out of hours media enquiries please call 0207 983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.