London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


That is great that you acknowledge that this does not address the level of needs. What I do not understand is why, given that it is not the Government's strategy " the whole point of this is that it is supposed to be a partnership strategy involving the Government and the key agencies in London " have you signed up to a goal that falls so far short. Can you tell us, of the billion pounds or so a year of existing resources that this strategy is built upon, how many affordable units will be achieved by that level of funding? In other words, what is the shortfall if you accept a 30,000 total, half of which needs to be affordable? How close to that goal, which you said that we need, will the Government resources of one billion pounds get us?


Answer for London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for London Housing Strategy 2003:goals (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It will take us clearly closer. We are going to review the housing targets and strategy. We are not locked in to this plan so this is fixed in stone for the next 15 or 20 years. The actual housing target is subject to constant re-evaluation between and work is led by the Government Office for London, to which we contribute. Therefore, hopefully when it is reviewed, which I think is in 2006, we will be able to get an expansion of the numbers and the targets. The key to all of this is when we were able to build 50,000 homes a year in London, a lot more space was available. The easy places to build are long gone; we are increasingly looking at brown-field sites. That is why we have to down the route of high density and higher buildings in order to achieve what we actually want.