Segregated housing (1)

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you introduce planning policy or guidance in the London Plan discouraging the segregation of affordable housing from market housing, including such measures as separate entrances, lifts and gardens?


Answer for Segregated housing (1)

Answer for Segregated housing (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Flexibility is necessary in design terms to ensure the provision of affordable housing is maximised and ensure tenants and housing associations are not hit with high service charges normally associated with the management of communal areas and conceige services in private housing. Social housing units are often grouped to ensure efficient management by housing associations. 

Existing London Plan policies and guidance in the Housing SPG require the design of new development to integrate different tenures and ensure affordable housing units have the same exernal appearance, form, layout and entrance arrangements as private housing. They also require new developments to support the objectives of social inclusion and resist types of development which would foster social exclusion, such as gated communities.