Housing schemes not started

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


One of the reasons given for the high number of planning consents not yet implemented, particularly in east London and the Thames Gateway, is the need for a clear commitment to funding infrastructure such as transport, schools and medical services. What is the Mayor doing to address this lack of confidence on the part of developers so that they are encouraged to get on with building the houses so badly needed in London?


Answer for Housing schemes not started

Answer for Housing schemes not started

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Developers understand that investment in road and railway improvements, as well as in social infrastructure like hospitals, primary care facilities and schools, is made over time, and that infrastructure is often delivered in parallel with planning approvals. Indeed, planning authorities do much through section 106 agreements to secure appropriate contributions from developers to infrastructure costs. It is true that in parts of East London there is a significant infrastructure deficit and I am working closely with Government and other public agencies such as the LDA and the Thames Gateway development Corporation, to address this. The forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review has a clear bearing on this, as does the need for a better integration of planning and provision with various Government departments such as Health and Education. However, it also remains the case that in some parts of East London, development that is fully consented, and which has the required infrastructure, is still failing to be built at the rates we should expect.