Build more bungalows to free up family homes in London

– 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…

Mayor’s affordable housing requirements for TfL land could lead to big losses

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…

Fixed affordable housing targets will stifle house building in london

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…

Housing Zones review leaves future uncertain

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.

Unrealistic homes target ‘will stifle building in London’

– 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…

84k fewer private rented homes thanks to rent controls

  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. London In…

New ‘disused site’ action plan could deliver 10k London homes in 10 years

  · 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”,…