Community-led housing on GLA land and property

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Siân Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What opportunities will there be for community-led housing developments on Transport for London and Metropolitan Police Service land and property?


Answer for Community-led housing on GLA land and property

Answer for Community-led housing on GLA land and property

Answered By: 
The Mayor

For too long community-led housing groups have found it difficult to get projects off the ground. I am determined to change this, and so since last summer, my team has been working with those involved with community-led housing to identify both barriers and opportunities to grow.

On the back of these discussions, I have been working with the sector and I have invested £250,000 to establish the 'London Community-Led Housing Hub' - an innovative new resource which was launched at City Hall by the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development last month at an workshop event attended by over 80 people.

The Hub will provide a one-stop shop for groups wanting to make community-led housing happen in London. It will offer a way to connect those who want to get projects off the ground with existing experts, groups, initiatives, and resources. It will enable and facilitate collaborative and cross-sector working, peer learning, partnership brokering, and technical learning.

Beyond the Hub, I am also keen to support community-led housing through funding and land opportunities that I can help make available.

As part of my Affordable Homes Programme, I included an Innovation Fund for organisations who want to deliver affordable housing in an innovative way including community-led projects. As part of the initial bidding round earlier this year, 12 community-led housing bids were received - and four have now been taken forward to the next stage of assessment. 

In terms of land, my officers are developing a 'Small Sites, Small Builders' programme that will offer public sector landowners a new and simple way of bringing small sites forward for development. My officers have been working with community-led organisations in the development of this programme and will be encouraging them to bid for sites.

The GLA group will be leading by example by putting a first batch of around 10 small sites through this programme's pilot that TfL have identified after a thorough trawl of their landholdings. Community-led housing organisations will be able to bid for these sites, and at least one site will be specifically reserved for them.

Once it is launched fully, we will bring further TfL sites through the programme, as well as encouraging MOPAC, London boroughs, and other public sector landowners to use this new route too.