MD2168 London Housing Strategy 2017 – Public consultation version

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Code: 
MD2168
Date signed: 
29 August 2017
Decision by: 
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Executive summary

Under the GLA Act 1999 (GLA Act) the Mayor is required to prepare, publish and keep under review a statutory London Housing Strategy (LHS). The LHS must contain the Mayor’s proposals and policies for promoting the improvement of housing conditions in, and meeting the housing needs of, Greater London. It must also set out the Mayor’s spending plans to support these proposals and policies.  

A new version of the LHS is currently being produced and it is proposed a version is published for public consultation in September 2017 and then the final statutory strategy is adopted by March 2018. 

To support the development of the LHS, the Mayor has a legal duty to carry out impact assessments, which should include an Equalities Impact Assessment, a Health Impact Assessment, and a Community Safety Impact Assessment. A draft impact assessment has been produced for public consultation alongside the draft LHS.

The Mayor is being asked to agree the contents of the draft LHS and that this be published, alongside a draft impact assessment report,  for public consultation 
 

Decision

That the Mayor approves: 
1.    The content of the draft LHS attached at Appendix 1.
2.    That the draft LHS and the draft impact assessment are published on the GLA’s website for consultation with the public and other stakeholders. 
 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1    The Mayor’s existing statutory powers and responsibilities with regard to the LHS are set out in the GLA Act. The key provisions are as follows: 
•    That the Mayor must prepare, publish and keep under review, a statutory London Housing Strategy.
•    That this strategy should set out his assessment of housing conditions in London and the need for further housing provision, his policies and proposals to meet needs and improve housing conditions and measures that other bodies are to be encouraged to take to achieve the aims of the strategy.
•    That he must set out a statement of his spending proposals for the spending round.
•    That these proposals should include his proposals as to how the GLA will provide financial assistance for housing, the amount of housing financial assistance to be given for different activities or purposes and the number, type and location of houses to be provided by means of this housing financial assistance.
•    That these proposals should also include a statement of how much should be allocated to boroughs and his expectations as to how the boroughs will use the money granted to them. 
1.2    The previous Mayor produced London’s first statutory LHS in February 2010 and the second in June 2014. 

1.3    A new version of the LHS is currently being produced and it is envisaged that this and the related impact assessment report will be published for public consultation in September 2017 and adopted as a final statutory strategy by March 2018.

1.4    This decision is for the Mayor to approve the content of the draft LHS prior to its publication for public consultation. After this approval, there may be minor proofing and formatting changes. However, any material changes will be re submitted for approval prior to the draft being published.  
 

Objectives and expected outcomes

2.1    A draft LHS, with contents approved by the Mayor, to be published for public consultation for a three-month period.

2.2    A draft impact assessment to accompany the draft LHS during public consultation.
 

Equality comments

3.1    The draft LHS is subject to an impact assessment, which includes an Equalities Impact Assessment. This will evaluate the likely potential impacts, both positive and negative, of the LHS on those with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation). 

3.2    This impact assessment has been carried out by GLA officers with support from suitably qualified consultants and a draft version is attached to this decision. After this approval, there may be minor proofing and formatting changes approved by the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development. 
 

Other considerations

a)     Key risks and issues 

There are no direct risks as a result of the Mayor approving the content of the draft LHS. 

b)     Links to Mayoral strategies and priorities 

The production of the draft LHS is part of the statutory process for producing the final LHS, a statutory requirement under the GLA Act.

c)     Impact assessments and consultations.
    
    As discussed above, to support the development of the LHS, the Mayor has a legal duty to carry out impact assessments, which should include an Equalities Impact Assessment, a Health Impact Assessment, and a Community Safety Impact Assessment. These impact assessments have been carried out by GLA officers with support from suitably qualified consultants.

As part of the process of producing the draft LHS a series of consultations have taken place, including:
•    thematic and/or stakeholder workshops held to provide technical assistance to officers tasked with drafting the LHS
•    two substantial discussions at the Homes for Londoners Board, as well as a steering group, chaired by the Deputy Mayor for Housing, consisting of representatives from local government, housing associations and the development industry
•    internal consultation with GLA teams and the GLA’s functional bodies.

Consultation has also taken place within the GLA with officers who are in the process of producing other Mayoral strategies, members of the Corporate Investment Board and Deputy Mayors.

A full consultation and stakeholder engagement plan is being developed to support the statutory public consultation process. This will include large events planned to take place at City Hall during the public consultation period, with a wide range of stakeholders being invited.
 

Financial comments

There are no financial implications as a result of this MD. 

The expenditure for producing the impact assessment was approved by ADD2114.

An Easy Read version of the executive summary will be produced, but this is being funded for all strategies through a central budget.
 

Planned delivery approach and next steps

 

Activity

Timeline

Publication of draft LHS and draft impact assessment

September 2017

Public consultation

Sept - Nov 2017

Publication of statutory LHS

Spring 2018