Affordable Housing

MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What can you do to provide more family-sized, three and four bedroom affordable houses in London? Is the London Plan smart enough to ensure that developments cater to local need?


Answer for Affordable Housing

Answer for Affordable Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Housing SPG sets out guidance on the proportion of new homes to be provided as 2/3 bedroom units, and 4 bedroom or larger units. Guidance differentiates between market, intermediate and social housing provision. All strategic planning cases referred to me are assessed in relation to this guidance. All borough local development documents and area masterplans are also assessed in relation to this guidance.My proposal to revise the current London Plan density policy as set out in my published Further Alterations has the objective of achieving a better mix of housing output, including family sized homes. This is to meet the commitment given in my statement of intent.For the 2006/08 bidding round the London Housing Board set the Housing Corporation the target of ensuring that 35% of new affordable homes were 3 bedroomed or larger. I intend to use my new housing powers to ensure that the Housing Corporation's programme continues to deliver sufficient family housing. .