Mayor exceeds pledge to build 50,000 affordable homes for Londoners

12 June 2012

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is on track to deliver 100,000 affordable homes by 2015 after exceeding his 50,000 target in his first term, new figures have revealed.

More than 54,000 homes were built over the four-year period, exceeding the Mayor’s pledge to provide 50,000 affordable homes for Londoners during his first term in office.

New figures from the Homes and Communities Agency show that in the past year more than 16,000 homes were delivered in London, which has seen the Mayor beating his target by more than 4,000 homes.

Having successfully lobbied for new powers from Government to drive housing delivery in the capital, the Mayor has now pledged to deliver up to 100,000 affordable homes in total by 2015, with the potential to create 100,000 jobs.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "Four years ago I said that if we were going to improve Londoners’ lives it was going to be essential that we boost affordable housing supply in the capital. The hard work is by no means over but despite some of the most challenging economic conditions for decades we have delivered more than 54,000 affordable homes over the past four years. By 2015 we will have delivered over 100,000 affordable homes for London, which will give a vital boost for jobs and the wider economy, as well as providing decent places that people actually want to live in."

The annnouncement comes just weeks after the Mayor announced the Housing Moves scheme, which allows social housing tenants to move across London's boroughs to take up employment, boosting social tenant mobility.

Last month the Mayor announced he had appointed a new board – Homes for London - to oversee the investment of his housing budget and to help maximise the potential of newly acquired land assets to deliver thousands of new homes and jobs across the capital.

The GLA took responsibility for the HCA’s functions, powers, responsibilities and funding in London from 1 April 2012 by virtue of the devolution set out in the Localism Act 2011. The Mayor’s housing budget totals £3bn over the current investment round (2011-2015).

Notes to editors

See below table for affordable housing delivery in London for 2008-9 to 2010-11. Data below is sourced from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Please visit the following web link for more details and information.www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/affordablehousingsupply/livetables Table 1

 

Borough

Social rent

Intermediate

Total

Barking and Dagenham

330

350

690

Barnet

530

380

920

Bexley

460

280

740

Brent

1,140

690

1,840

Bromley

700

460

1,160

Camden

430

330

770

City of London

0

20

20

Croydon

1,380

1,010

2,380

Ealing

700

490

1,190

Enfield

590

380

960

Greenwich

1,330

870

2,210

Hackney

1,370

1,580

2,940

Hammersmith & Fulham

340

550

900

Haringey

480

370

850

Harrow

460

370

840

Havering

390

510

910

Hillingdon

690

440

1,130

Hounslow

650

1,020

1,660

Islington

580

200

770

Kensington and Chelsea

150

70

220

Kingston upon Thames

100

100

200

Lambeth

1,360

800

2,180

Lewisham

600

400

1,010

Merton

220

210

420

Newham

740

1,100

1,850

Redbridge

430

390

820

Richmond upon Thames

160

90

250

Southwark

1,040

890

1,920

Sutton

400

380

790

Tower Hamlets

2,800

1,870

4,670

Waltham Forest

900

360

1,270

Wandsworth

110

960

1,070

Westminster

930

480

1,400

London total

22,520

18,390

40,910

 

* This includes 2,565 re-provisions (i.e. homes demolished and re-provided as part of estate regeneration schemes and therefore not counted towards new delivery.)

 

 

Table 2

 

This table sets out affordable homes delivery by borough in London (Homes & Communities Agency funded only) for 2011 to 2012.

 

Barking and Dagenham

367

Barnet

645

Bexley

350

Brent

687

Bromley

348

Camden

226

City of London

0

Croydon

563

Ealing

658

Enfield

862

Greenwich

482

Hackney

1,013

Hammersmith and Fulham

81

Haringey

466

Harrow

401

Havering

455

Hillingdon

636

Hounslow

316

Islington

732

Kensington and Chelsea

57

Kingston upon Thames

92

Lambeth

658

Lewisham

870

Merton

437

Newham

784

Redbridge

25

Richmond upon Thames

236

Southwark

731

Sutton

248

Tower Hamlets

1,798

Waltham Forest

535

Wandsworth

311

Westminster

106

Total

16,176

 

* Includes 125 re-provisions

 

Note: Tables 1 and 2 are gross delivery, including the re-provision of some existing affordable homes. The 54,396 net housing delivery figure is calculated by summing the gross provision (40,910 in 2008-11 and 16,176 in 2011/12) and then deducting the reprovision (2,565 in 2008-11 and 125 in 2011/12).

 

Table 2 only includes HCA-funded homes, whereas table 1 also includes other affordable homes delivered in London without HCA funding. Verified DCLG housing delivery figures for 2011/12 will be released in November and total housing delivery for 2008-12 is therefore likely to be higher than 54,396.

 

- Chaired by Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, the Homes for London Board will bring together a mix of highly professional independent experts to help find creative solutions to London’s unique housing need

 

- Affordable housing encompasses homes for rent (at social, Affordable Rent or intermediate levels) and for sale (e.g. part-buy part rent through shared ownership or equity loans through FirstBuy).

 

- The Mayor has worked to set up a dedicated website for people wishing to get on to the housing ladder. By filling out just one application form for First Steps London, households can access homes from over 40 participating registered providers and housing developers. Visit www.firststepslondon.org for more information.