Affordable housing and more affordable housing

MQT on 2004-11-17
Session date: 
November 17, 2004
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you explain how your policies on 50% affordable housing apply in a situation where existing council, or housing association, houses and flats are being demolished in order to make way for a much higher density development of mixed housing? If 2,000 homes where being replaced by 4000 homes, then would the 50% affordable housing policy apply to net increase of 2000 units?


Answer for Affordable housing and more affordable housing

Answer for Affordable housing and more affordable housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Each case is considered on its merits. The key objective would be the replacement of the demolished affordable housing. In many cases provision of market housing within estate regeneration schemes both contributes to meeting my objective of creating mixed and balanced neighbourhoods and provides financial support for improved social housing. In the example given, assuming that 2,000 dwellings were being demolished, my minimum requirement would be that 2,000 of the 4,000 new dwellings would be affordable. In addition, I would seek an overall net gain in affordable housing provision should that be economically viable and contribute to creating a sustainable community. In most cases it is not possible to achieve 50% of the net gain as affordable in addition to re-providing all the existing social housing. My policy on this is set out in Policy 3A.12 of the London Plan and para 3.58, with guidance on implementation given in section 9 of my draft SPG on Affordable Housing.