Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan to extend small builders programme

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that he will extend his ‘small sites, small builders’ initiative with £3.8m of funding over the next 12 months.

This announcement followed news that sites at Cable Street (Tower Hamlets) and Christchurch Road (Lambeth) will deliver around 70 new homes, which will be 100% genuinely affordable.

London Community Land Trust was selected to deliver community-led housing on the two sites, which were brought forward by Transport for London (TfL) as part of the mayor’s work to boost small builders in the capital.

Some 10 small TfL sites located across seven different boroughs were launched in February as part of the pilot, many of which were ‘leftover’ land.

The pilot saw significant interest with 134 bids being received from 80 organisations, ranging from developers and community-led housing organisations to registered providers and architect-developers.

A number of the bids proposed more units than TfL had previously thought feasible, with 166 homes currently proposed across all 10 sites, of which 64% overall will be genuinely affordable.

“Tackling the housing crisis is complex and will take time, and we must use every tool at our disposal,” said the mayor of London.

“Making small plots of public land available for housing development is a key part of addressing London’s housing shortage, and the fantastic response to the pilot of my ‘small sites, small builders’ programme has shown that these small sites can be an important way to get new genuinely affordable homes built.

“I am also proud to support community-led housing, and I am pleased that London Community Land Trust will be building 100% affordable housing on [its] sites in Tower Hamlets and Lambeth, which will make a huge difference to those communities. 

“Not only will this programme help to provide the new, genuinely affordable homes that Londoners so desperately need, but it will also reinvigorate our small- and medium-sized homebuilders after years of over-reliance on large developers.”

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