Housing Need

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given London's current population and social make-up, how many (both existing and new) social rented, affordable, and market homes does the capital currently need? Please give separate figures for each category of housing. How will these figures have changed by 2016?


Answer for Housing Need

Answer for Housing Need

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I published in December 2004 the Greater London Housing Requirements Study, which is on the GLA website:(http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/housing/docs/housing_reqs_2004.pdf)The 2004 Housing Requirements Study did not cover the period as far as 2016, but I intend to publish within the next year a new report building on the 2004 study and meeting the requirements of the Government's new guidance on carrying out Housing Market Assessments. This next study should cover the period up to 2016. Of course the actual housing requirements in 2016 will depend on a range of factors, not least whether the supply of affordable housing has risen to meet the targets set out in the London Plan. In addition, setting targets for new housing has to take into account housing capacity and market conditions as well as theoretical requirements studies, not all of whose assumptions will fully correspond to reality.