Failure to meet borough housing targets

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In 2013/14, Barnet, Croydon, Havering, RBKC, Kingston and Wandsworth failed to meet their housing targets. Why?


Answer for Failure to meet borough housing targets

Answer for Failure to meet borough housing targets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Plan sets annual average targets; it explicitly recognises that housing delivery is 'lumpy' and unlikely to be consistent year on year across the decade 2015-25. Croydon for example exceeded its target in 2012/13, as did Kingston in 11/12 and Wandsworth should see a significant increase in development over the next few years as VNEB is built out.

Some boroughs, such as Barnet and Havering have identified or granted planning permission for very large sites for major housing delivery and regeneration but such sites have a longer delivery programme, often in phases where key infrastructure investment is required to be funded and delivered first to unlock the housing, such as new transport infrastructure / new stations at Brent Cross Cricklewood (LB Barnet) and Beam Park (LB Havering).

You are well aware that I give the highest priority to ensure more homes are delivered in every London borough. In 2013/14, in terms of planning approvals, all boroughs are meeting their targets - the key issue has therefore been translating approvals into completions. The delivery side of housing has far more complex and structural barriers which I have and continue to investigate thoroughly and address. This included the earlier Barriers to Delivery Reports, in order to unlock construction supply across the capital.

My 2015 London Plan has increased the targets significantly and boroughs are expected not only to meet their targets, but also exceed them. Leading indicators on starts suggest a significant upturn in future completions.

I am currently consulting on my Draft Housing SPG which provides guidance to boroughs, developers and other housing stakeholders on how to ensure we deliver the housing required to meet London's housing need.