Affordable housing (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2008) highlights the need for 18,200 new affordable homes per year, of which 80% should be social rented housing. Your London Plan projects 13,200 new affordable homes per year - 27% lower - and only 60% will be social housing. This projects only half the need for social housing being met. What else are you doing to address this gap in provision?


Answer for Affordable housing (1)

Answer for Affordable housing (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Meeting the affordable housing targets in my London Plan would mean more new social housing provided in London than any time since the mid 1990s. In addition to new conventional housing supply, the affordable housing delivery targets in my draft London Housing Strategy also include acquisitions of social housing, of which there were nearly 2,000 in 2007/08. The provision of additional intermediate housing should also help free up some social housing to meet needs, as current social housing tenants are given priority when applying for intermediate housing. I am also exploring options for freeing up social housing by improving options for tenants looking to move out of London. *