Affordable housing

Can ‘affordable homes’ be genuinely accessible to Londoners?

23 January 2017

The Mayor’s ‘Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance’ was published on 29 November 2016 and sent for consultation. The draft aims to streamline the process for getting new homes built and increase the proportions that are ‘genuinely affordable’.

The London Assembly Housing Committee meets tomorrow to discuss the draft and the Mayor’s Funding Guidance up to 2021.

  • Will the new arrangements speed up the delivery of affordable homes and increase their supply?
  • Is the Mayor funding the right range of homes and will they really be affordable?
  • What effect will the new approach have on land values and ‘build to rent’ schemes?

The Committee will hear from the following guests:

  • David Montague, Chief Executive, L&Q
  • Greg Tillotson, Regional Development Director, Barratt PLC
  • Professor Pete Wyatt, Professor of Real Estate Appraisal, University of Reading
  • Professor Neil Crosby, Professor of Real Estate and Planning, University of Reading
  • Mairéad Carroll, External Affairs Manager (London), National Housing Federation
  • Seb Klier, London Campaigns Manager, Generation Rent
  • Perry Singh, Strategy and Performance Improvement Manager, London Borough of Southwark
  • Phillip Waters, Planning and Policy Team Leader, London Borough of Southwark.

This meeting is one of two joint meetings with the London Assembly Planning Committee to discuss the Mayor’s two new publications on affordable housing (the Draft Affordable Housing and Viability SPG, and the Affordable Housing Programme Funding Guidance 2016-21).

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 January from 10:00am in Committee Room 5 (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend and the meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyHousing and #LondonHousing

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. London Assembly Housing Committee
  3. Andrew Boff AM, Chairman of the Housing Committee, is available for interviews.  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.

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