Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1537
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Mayor's policy towards 'Affordable Rent', as expressed in the Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan, was objected to by the majority of London boroughs - most prominently by Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Why was the Mayor unable to reach a compromise position with the boroughs on this policy? What compromises were offered to the boroughs?

Answer

Answer for Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan (2)

Answer for Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There were very considerable discussions and consultation with London boroughs among other stakeholders on the aspects of the proposed Revised Early Minor Alterations dealing with the affordable rented housing product. The question at issue was a very clear-cut one about whether or not the setting of rent caps by boroughs at levels below the 80 per cent of local market rents specified in the National Planning Policy Framework was appropriate in terms of national planning policy and the London affordable housing programme. It is difficult to see what kind of compromise could be struck between these two positions. Certainly no one has proposed one throughout the alteration process to date; had they done so I would of course have considered it.