50% Affordable Housing

MQT on 2000-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is it the Mayor's intention to adopt his Housing Commission's recommendation of 50% affordable housing for every new housing development of over 14 dwellings?



Answer for 50% Affordable Housing

Answer for 50% Affordable Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Housing Commission recommended that there should be a comprehensive financial impact assessment of the planning policies, to ensure that targets are as robust and as firmly based in evidence as possible, and that policies should achieve the maximum contribution from the private sector without jeopardising the supply of land for housing. The GLA has commissioned consultants to carry out this assessment in co-operation with London boroughs, house builders and registered social landlords. This process will enable policy to be founded firmly on evidence rather than on self-serving scare stories and anecdotes. Following the consultants' report, which is expected at the end of February, I expect to publish for consultation, in advance of the full draft spatial development strategy, an interim affordable housing policy statement, which would begin to have a bearing on planning applications