New Retirement Housing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5187
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What are your views on a recommendation from the Home Builders Federation that new retirement housing should be exempt from section 106 contributions and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to rapidly boost supply and its possible impact on London?

Answer

Answer for New Retirement Housing

Answer for New Retirement Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not agree with the Home Builders Federation. Section 106 agreements exist to mitigate the impact of new development on the environment. New retirement housing can have just as much impact as general housing and exempting one form of market housing could distort the housing market. Likewise, the Community Infrastructure Levy is used to provide infrastructure made necessary by new development, regardless of its nature. Boroughs have some discretion in their use of CIL monies, which can include providing health services infrastructure which is likely to be required if there is more retirement housing.