New homes on small disused spaces

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3536
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you agree that there is significant potential to build thousands of new homes across London on small disused spaces, as well as the opportunity to give an important boost to self-builders?

Answer

Answer for New homes on small disused spaces

Answer for New homes on small disused spaces

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, and thank you for your recent report on this issue.

If we are to meet London's housing challenges we must explore and exploit every opportunity open to us, from the largest housing zones right down to the smallest redundant sites and disused car parks - always keeping in mind how the design of such schemes will remain sensitive to the existing built environment. And if we can help small builders and self-builders in the process, even better.

I am supporting a range of initiatives to that directly address your report's recommendations. These include my Custom-Build fund, the Builder' Finance Fund, a partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), continued investment in boroughs' Hidden Homes programmes, and ongoing work with boroughs and housing associations to identify opportunities for in-fill schemes on their estates. Boroughs applying for Decent Homes funding are required to provide an 'infill statement' on whether there is scope to increase the density of estates in receipt of funding. 

I am also supporting this kind of development on the GLA's own landholdings. We have just selected two developers to deliver 1,300 homes across two sites in Newham, one of which is on a car park.