House building (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1067
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Nationally, housing need has never been met without the involvement of the state through council house building. What capacity is there within the housing market in London to deliver the more than doubling of total housing supply that your new Draft Housing Strategy requires?

Answer

Answer for House building (1)

Answer for House building (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Housing output is increasing in London - new orders for housing construction were up 40% compared to 2012, new housing starts in Q3 of 2013 were up 30% compared to 2012 and NHBC figures recently revealed that 60% more homes were registered last year compared to 2012.  However, more must be done. The draft Housing Strategy is clear that council house building is one element of meeting London's need, and around two thirds of boroughs now have their own development programme, a significant change from before the devolution of housing powers to the Mayor. Additionally, I am bringing forward GLA-owned land for housing development, working to unblock stalled housing sites, promoting new supply from long term institutional PRS developers, speeding up development procurement through the London Development Panel and seeking to increase capacity by making it easier for small builders to build in London.