Affordable housing commitments

MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How are the public supposed to have confidence in your pledge for developments to contain 50 per cent affordable housing when developers are able to renege on their affordable housing commitments so easily?


Answer for Affordable housing commitments

Answer for Affordable housing commitments

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have set out in my draft Affordable Housing and Viability SPG the first steps in delivering my long term aim of 50% of all new homes being affordable.

I have no statutory role in the re-negotiation of legal agreements secured as part of a planning permission, unless I am a formal signatory to the original agreements. Whilst it is unnecessary and inappropriate for me to be a signatory to every legal agreement within London, I should have a strong role in any re-negotiation when this relates to affordable housing on strategic applications and be fully consulted on any such proposed amendments. I am seeking such powers from the Government. In the interim, I will be writing to each local planning authority with a view to being fully consulted on any such proposed amendments to strategic applications.