Right to Buy replacement homes (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Roger Evans AM:  I am pleased that we are constructing so much new housing, certainly in my constituency in Havering and Redbridge for my residents, but I am getting complaints from residents of one of the new sets of buildings that was constructed recently that the work has not been up to standard and that people are having to come back to do plumbing, electricity, decorating and basic things.


I appreciate that this is largely the responsibility of the local authority’s building regulation people to make sure that it is done right, but can you just reassure me that we have processes in place to make sure that the housing associations and building partners we work with are constructing to a high standard and are providing properties that will last the test of time and be there for Londoners in many years’ time?


Answer for Right to Buy replacement homes (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Right to Buy replacement homes (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Of course.  You will know that in the London Plan, in the Further Alterations and in the many alterations to the London Plan that have taken place over the last few years, there is now abundant guidance for councils and for developers about the standards, in particular room size standards, insulation standards, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology standards and all of those types of things.  The quality of materials, the use of brick and all sorts of stuff is now in there.  If is not being properly enforced, then the council has a duty to go in and sort it out.


I am very pleased now that we are no longer building rabbit-hutch homes in London.  Nowadays, we have Parker Morris plus 10% room sizes.  We are building rooms that are bigger than the standards of the 1960s and that is right, not least because we are all considerably fatter than we used to be 

 and we need bigger rooms.


Roger Evans AM:  Thank you.