Net addition to social housing stock (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Stephen Knight AM:  Thank you, Chair.  Mr Mayor, one of the ways of increasing the supply of new affordable homes is to use the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) own land.  When you first became Mayor in 2008, your manifesto made great play of the potential to use GLA-owned land to build homes on.  In fact, you promised that you could build 39,000 new homes in London on GLA-owned land.

The actual figure that we have seen built on that land since 2008 is only 1,814 as of the end of March this year.  Is that not a complete failure to use your own resource and to use the GLA’s resource to provide the homes that Londoners need?

Answer

Answer for Net addition to social housing stock (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Net addition to social housing stock (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  No.  Actually, we have disposed of, from memory, 94% of GLA land since I became Mayor.  Much of that has now been built on and built out.  If the figure of 1,000 is right, which I doubt very much, I am sure it will rise very sharply because of all the huge ‑‑

Stephen Knight AM:  They are your own figures, Mr Mayor: 1,814 compared with a promise of 39,000.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  There is a large amount under construction.  Actually, we are getting to stage where we need to look at other sites and consider what more we could do to take that land into public ownership and get it going again.  That is what we are thinking about now.

Stephen Knight AM:  Mr Mayor, I agree that there is a lot we need to do, but this is very specific: using the land that we have available as the GLA.  You have had seven years or more to deliver on this manifesto.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Yes.  I do not know if you are listening.  I have disposed of 94% of it.

Stephen Knight AM:  To say that they are under construction now is hardly an answer, is it, Mr Mayor?  You have had seven years to deliver 39,000 homes and you have delivered only 1,800.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Assembly Member Knight, you are out of time.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  As I say, we have delivered almost 100,000 new affordable homes.  We have disposed of 94% of GLA land.  You only have to look out of the window, Stephen, to see that there is a huge amount of construction going on.