Houses in London

Is the Mayor’s Supplementary Planning Guidance viable?

31 January 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has pledged to invest in more affordable housing. His long term strategic aim is to make half of all new homes in London affordable.

The Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) is currently open for consultation. The London Assembly Planning Committee is examining the feasibility of the proposals it contains.

  • Will the SPG proposals speed up the delivery of affordable homes and increase their supply?
  • Will the proposals improve the viability assessment processes?
  • How will the new approach affect land values and build to rent schemes?


The London Assembly Planning Committee meets tomorrow to discuss the Mayor’s Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) with the following guests:

  • James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development
  • Jamie Ratcliff, Assistant Director - Programme, Policy and Services, GLA
  • Fabienne Viala, Chair and UK Country Director, Bouygues UK
  • Asif Aziz, Chief Executive of Criterion Capital


This meeting is the second of two joint meetings with the London Assembly Housing 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 Committees will jointly answer the consultation.


The meeting will take place on Wednesday 01 February from 10:00am in The Chamber (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 #AssemblyPlanning and #LondonHousing

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers.
  2. Affordable housing and viability SPG 2016
  3. Tony Devenish AM, Chair of the Planning 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.

For media enquiries, please contact Sonia Labboun on 020 7983 5769.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.