London Plan reaction: ‘Sadiq Khan has declared war on the suburbs’

Protection for gardens against development scrapped Removal of limits on density of new homes No targets for number of family-sized homes Squeeze on parking spaces to impact outer London 50% affordable housing claim is only ‘strategic target’ ‘Entire approach signals downgrading in quality of capital’s housing’   Sadiq Khan has ‘declared war on the suburbs’ with a London Plan that will leave outer boroughs ‘browner,…

Met efficiency hits rock bottom under Khan, Independent report today shows

  HM Inspectorate report today: Metropolitan police service ‘requires improvement’ Previously ‘good’ Met (Britain’s best funded service) now in bottom third nationally Concern over Mayor’s calls for increased funding in wake of efficiency failings   Despite a previously good rating, the Met now finds itself in the bottom third nationally for efficiency.

London Mayor fails to set family homes target in opaque Housing Strategy

No targets for family homes in housing strategy – predecessor’s was 36% Lack of detail and transparency in Mayor’s policy, allows little scope for scrutiny.   Sadiq Khan’s Housing Strategy is failing to address the needs of some of the most vulnerable Londoners.

Dutch-style 'plot-shops' key to increasing self-build development (report)

  Report urges Mayor to back creative self-build scheme Only 10% of UK housing development is self-build – despite recent positive legislation London Mayor encouraged to back roll out of innovative Plot Shop schemes across the Capital   A new report by London Assembly Member Shaun Bailey found self-build registrations have halved across London’s local authorities.

Emergency response performances plummet under Mayor’s Pathfinders trial

Five trial boroughs are now worst performing in London Barking and Dagenham performance drops almost 30 per cent Pathfinders merger scheme started in April and could be rolled out across London   Police emergency response times have dramatically worsened in five boroughs merged under a trial conducted by the Mayor of London, latest figures show. Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Camden and Islington are now…

T-charge launch: Scheme is ‘a £23million attack on London’s small businesses and poorest drivers’

Mayor’s assessments show T-charge will have ‘negligible’ impact on air quality Expected to reduce poisonous gases by just 1-3% Charge will cost London’s poorest drivers £23million a year Small businesses and self-employed could be hammered by fees Mayor accused of ‘blowing smoke’ with T-charge effectiveness claims   The Mayor of London has ‘launched an attack on small businesses and London’s poorest drivers’ by introducing a…

Uber ban could cost Londoners £90million in higher fares

Ban challenged by Uber in court appeal despite talks If Uber loses, Londoners face increased transport costs of up to £90 million A further £864 million in annual wages could be lost by Uber’s 40,000 drivers   Londoners could end up paying an extra £90million a year in taxi fares if Uber’s appeal against their ban in the capital is unsuccessful. The app-based firm is…

Sadiq Khan wants controversial rent controls that ‘could cut housing supply by 50,000’

Evidence shows rent controls cause housing stock in cities to fall £4.5bn in rental revenue could be lost in London by 2025, research found Despite weight of evidence, Khan backs implementing scheme Sadiq Khan has said he is in favour of controversial rent controls in London, despite a weight of evidence suggesting it could cut housing supply in the capital by 50,000.