Mayor speaks with a community group at Blackwall Reach

Mayor’s new plan to tackle London’s housing crisis

06 September 2017

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan has just published his plans to help solve London’s housing crisis, and wants to know what Londoners think.

The housing crisis is the biggest challenge London faces. Years of not building enough affordable housing, mean many young Londoners are now being priced out of the city they grew up in.

When the Mayor came to office, just 13 per cent of homes being given planning permission were affordable. That’s why the Mayor’s plans are ambitious and broad in the scope – and will need councils, housing associations, developers, and crucially Government to play their part.


The Mayor’s approach includes:

  • Earmarking £250m to help City Hall buy and bring forward land for new and affordable housing
  • a new ‘London Model’ to offer a fairer deal to the millions of Londoners who rent privately
  • plans to start building 90,000 new affordable homes by 2021 using his record funding deal with Government
  • fresh measures to help all rough sleepers in London find a way off the streets


The Mayor said:

From £250 million to kick-start my plans to bring forward more land for new homes, to a new model offering a fairer deal for millions of private renters, I want to help tackle the housing crisis.

I will use all my powers and resources to their fullest extent, but Government must play its part by giving City Hall and boroughs the powers and resources we need.

This launch marks the start of a three-month consultation. I want as many Londoners as possible to share their views on how we can really improve housing in London.

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