Wheelchair accessible homes 3

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2293
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Within these 6,617 wheelchair homes delivered as part of the London Plan in the four years FY2010 to FY2013, there has been a strong move from 38% in 2010 to to 64% in 2013 of these wheelchair homes ultimately ending up in the private market sector- whilst the social rented sector has remained fairly fixed around the 500 homes level. This shows a clear demand from the private market for these types of homes. We know from charities and housing associations like the Papworth Trust and Habinteg Homes that this matters to many disabled people - and is part of the solution to enabling them to lead more independent lives as part of integrated communities.

What do you think is driving this growth? What more can be done to encourage developers to build these homes for commercial reasons alone, and not simply as part of regulatory compliance?

Answer

Answer for Wheelchair accessible homes 3

Answer for Wheelchair accessible homes 3

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Based on data currently available from the LDD the proportion of wheelchair units delivered in the affordable housing sector as an overall proportion of affordable housing has been relatively stable over this time period. For private sector units the proportion of wheelchair units as an overall proportion of market homes has increased from a low base in 2010 and stayed relatively stable from 2011 onwards. Therefore, the increase in private wheelchair units is likely to be due to a combination of increased private development over this time and the better implementation of the requirement for private wheelchair homes over this period.

 

Some developers do see the value in delivering wheelchair units for the very reasons you describe. Greater targeted marketing of private sector wheelchair units may ensure that units are available to the people who need them and prevent unnecessary void periods.