Housing Capacity Study

MQT on 2004-03-31
Session date: 
March 31, 2004
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When is the planned Londonwide housing capacity study due to be completed? Why was it not started earlier in the London Plan process, so that its crucial results could inform the targets in the final Plan?



Answer for Housing Capacity Study

Answer for Housing Capacity Study

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Current London Plan targets were derived from the 2000 Housing Capacity Study and informed and are consistent with Government Regional Planning Guidance (RPG3). The EIP Panel concluded that this Study remains the most comprehensive study of London's housing capacity undertaken (para 4.19). A new Londonwide housing capacity study by its nature requires several years to produce valid, consistent and consensual targets, and work on the new study started in 2002 with the appointment of consultants to work with the boroughs, housebuilders, GOL and other key stakeholders to agree a new methodology. This approach was commended and endorsed by the EIP Panel (para 4.20).The consultants report was finalised in July 2003 and formally consulted on shortly afterwards. The GLA appointed software designers in October 2003 to build the necessary IT infrastructure, which is currently being tested in three pilot boroughs.The main phase of the London Housing Capacity Study will start in July 2004 with initial borough returns due by September 2004. These will then be discussed with individual boroughs and preliminary results should be available for analysis by the middle of December 2004. Sensitivity and validity testing is programmed for early 2005 and conclusions will feed into the first review of the London Plan in 2006. .