Family-sized housing (1)

MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Anecdotally, I am told by housing associations that the so called 'Affordable Rent' model makes it very difficult for them to build family-sized 'affordable housing' in the more expensive parts of London. What information is there on the number of these homes being built in such parts of London, particularly inner-London?


Answer for Family-sized housing (1)

Answer for Family-sized housing (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor There is nothing in the 'Affordable Rent' model itself that makes delivery of larger homes more difficult than it was previously. In fact the majority of larger homes are let at rents similar to target rents.

Of the rented homes delivered from April 2011to 31 July 2013 6,129 homes (37 per cent) have had three or more bedrooms. I have an overall target of 36 per cent.

Whilst, as you would expect due to average densities, higher proportions of larger homes are delivered in some outer London boroughs, high proportions of family sized homes have been delivered in some inner London boroughs such as Westminster (58 per cent), Tower Hamlets (46 per cent), Islington (37 per cent) and Southwark (35 per cent).