– Mayor should seize on huge demand for attractive downsizing options
The Mayor of London should encourage a bungalow building boom to provide better downsizing options and free up family homes across the capital, according to a new report.
‘Smart Move’, by London Assembly member Andrew Boff, found 30 per cent of people consider a bungalow to be their ideal home, yet they make up just two percent of new housing stock and are on average 11 percent more expensive than other similar sized properties.
The report found that a lack of attractive downsizing options, outside of typical retirement flats, means many older people stay put unnecessarily in large homes.
The Mayor is being urged not to sell Transport for London land with a 50% affordable housing requirement as it could violate parliament’s GLA Act.
Following the release of a Mayoral Decision document by City Hall, Mayor Khan was told he could not sell TfL land in Kidbrooke with the 50% affordable requirement as it “will lead to less than the maximum return available” and that breaches paragraph 29 of Schedule 11 of the GLA Act.
As a result the Mayor is attempting to build a loophole by starting a “joint venture company (JVCo)” so that the land can be sold at lower values.
The Mayor has been forced to row back on his 50 per cent affordable homes target after realising what I have warned for some time – that it is totally unfeasible to ask developers to effectively give away half of their new homes.
By continuing to insist on a 35 per cent target, the Mayor is doing nothing to incentivise developers to get building in London.
A one-size-fits-all affordable housing target risks stifling new housing development in the capital. We need a more business-minded approach that nurtures the housing market and ensures a better future for Londoners.
Sadiq’s plans risk thousands of new homes and jobs
The Mayor of London has announced a full review of Boris Johnson’s Housing Zones policy, potentially delaying the building of thousands of new homes.
Sadiq Khan told Assembly Members this morning he would spend up to six months reviewing London’s 31 housing zones, created by his predecessor to provide 77,000 new homes and 150,000 new jobs.
– New Deputy Mayor’s 50% affordable homes plan made Islington 9th worst London borough
London could be set to replicate the ninth worst London borough for affordable homes under the newly appointed Deputy Mayor for Housing.
James Murray wants to impose an overall 50 percent affordable housing target on new developments across the capital.
Under the same policy imposed by Mr Murray in his lead role on housing and development in Islington, the borough became the 9th worst in London for affordable homes and 11th worst for overall housing supply.
- Backs down on housing, transport, policing and green belt promises
Sadiq Khan backed down on six key election pledges in just two hours during his first Mayor’s Question Time this morning.
The Mayor of London was challenged by Assembly Members on several pledges made in his election manifesto and throughout his campaign. read more
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Introducing rent controls will take money out of the private rental sector and lead to 84,228 fewer homes in England in the next ten years, according to new calculations by GLA Conservative Andrew Boff.
There were 4,200,000 privately rented homes in 2011, projected to rise to just over 7m by 2025. A 1.2% reduction would lead to 84,228 fewer homes by 2025.
In the Capital, rent caps will lead to 51,205 less homes over the next decade.
There were 860,000 private homes in 2011, expected to reach 1.4m by 2025. A 3.5% reduction would lead to 51,205 fewer homes in this period.
· New research identifies 4,552 disused sites and spaces in just 13 London boroughs
· Self-building pilot on 100 sites will help young professionals and first time buyers
4,552 redundant spaces and sites in blocks and estates – such as old laundries, garages and store sheds – have been identified across just 13 boroughs of London.¹
A new report, “Gap In The Market”, sets out a large scale ‘disused site’ action plan – across all housing estates in every borough – which could deliver 10k homes in 10 years.²
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