Affordable Housing Demand

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3495
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Based on the Table 1: Housing requirements, 2007 to 2017 - Main scenario of the 2008 London Strategic Housing Market Assessment, over this ten year period the proportional need for social housing to intermediate housing is respectively 80%/20% (or in number of homes 145,600 social rented / 36,500 intermediate). Given the level of demand, why does your draft Housing Strategy and draft London Plan seek to move to an affordable housing balance of 60% social rent / 40% intermediate rent?

Answer

Answer for Affordable Housing Demand

Answer for Affordable Housing Demand

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As stated in my draft replacement London Plan, the proposed split between social rented and intermediate housing has been informed by the SHMA and other relevant factors including the role intermediate housing can play in helping Londoners get a first step on the housing ladder, reducing the call on social rented housing, freeing up social rented homes, providing wider housing choices and securing a more balanced social mix on mono-tenure estates. Account has also been taken of the way intermediate housing development can extend the effectiveness of scarce public resources by increasing overall housing output through partnership working with the private sector.