Family-sized housing (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In his report, the Inspector of your Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan said that:

'The Boroughs' concerns that the better value offered by housing in outer areas could lead to a major shift in the provision of affordable homes, especially larger family units, away from inner London may well be realised.'

Is the Inspector wrong?

Answer

Answer for Family-sized housing (2)

Answer for Family-sized housing (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor Yes, for two reasons. Firstly, regardless of the funding programme, outer London is likely to see more family sized homes as a proportion of homes delivered than inner London due to the differing density and type of development in these areas. The second reason is because the London Plan prioritises delivery of affordable family homes across London and not just in outer London. In fact, of rented homes that have been completed to date, some inner London locations have high proportions of family homes as part of the mix, for example Westminster (58 per cent), Tower Hamlets (46 per cent), Islington (37 per cent) and Southwark (35 per cent).