Borough housing targets

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2288
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A recent report from London First and Nathaniel Litchfield noted that only 18 London boroughs met their housing targets 2010-2013. It recommended that boroughs which exceed housing targets should receive a new financial bonus. What is your reaction to this proposal?

Answer

Answer for Borough housing targets

Answer for Borough housing targets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

While I am keen to support measures that encourage housing delivery and the report makes some interesting points, I am sceptical of this proposal. The 2011 targets which the report refers to are capacity led targets and the proposal to reward boroughs who exceed their targets in terms of delivery could actually simply reward boroughs who do not proactively seek to identify capacity.

In addition, my current London Plan is clear that boroughs should, as a matter of course, seek to increase capacity beyond their minimum targets in order to meet local and strategic need.

Moreover, any incentive should be used to ensure sustainable development, thus housing delivery should not be measured in isolation of other land use requirements.