Family Size Housing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2018
Reference: 
2018/0234
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please outline for me the specific policies that you are introducing, which will encourage single people or couples to downsize from larger properties to smaller sized homes, in order to free up family sized homes in London?

Answer

Answer for Family Size Housing

Answer for Family Size Housing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My new draft London Plan housing size mix policy specifies that well-designed smaller homes in suitable locations can attract those wanting to downsize from their existing homes, and that this ability to free up existing family stock should be considered when assessing the unit mix of a new build development. Furthermore, my £75m Care and Support Specialised Housing fund is giving older people, many of whom are underoccupying their current home, increased housing choice. In addition, both of my housing mobility schemes prioritise households who wish to downsize, giving greatest priority to those freeing up the largest homes.