Annual shortfall of 6,600 homes

MQT on 2015-01-21
Session date: 
January 21, 2015
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In a report on the examination of the revised version of the Greater London Authority (GLA's) London Plan, inspector Anthony Thickett found that the document's housing targets are not high enough to meet the capital's need. He says that you need to 'engage' with the Home Counties to help the capital meet an annual shortfall of 6,600 homes a year. What are your views on this?


Answer for Annual shortfall of 6,600 homes

Answer for Annual shortfall of 6,600 homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Further Alterations to the London Plan were prepared in light of engagement with the 'home counties'. The Alterations include rigorous new policies to bring forward additional development capacity to address London's housing needs over and above that for the 42,000 homes identified in the new housing targets.  

Not least because of uncertainty over demographic and other pressures on the housing market area, I agree with the Inspector that the Plan should be subject to an early review. As part of this I am working with authorities and other partners beyond London to put in place more effective arrangements to coordinate strategic policy and investment across the wider region.