Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan and London housebuilders unveil plan to boost housing supply

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and members of the London housebuilding sector have come together to deliver a blueprint aimed at boosting the supply of new homes.

The blueprint was created following collaboration between the London Housing Delivery Taskforce and London boroughs.

Today (6th November), in a letter to Secretary of State for Housing Michael Gove, Khan called for the government to match his commitment to improve the supply of new homes and implement a series of recommendations in order to avoid a “serious downturn in housebuilding”.
A statement — which was endorsed by 26 key partners, including housing associations, local authorities, developers, and industry body representatives — has highlighted the biggest challenges facing London property developers.

It also offers 29 recommendations for the government to ensure the long-term viability of the capital’s housebuilding industry.

Some of the suggestions comprise boosting council homebuilding, with city hall pledging to support social landlords by asking the government to allow simpler access to centralised funding and launch a new council homes acquisition programme.

The government has also been urged to scrap the proposed infrastructure levy and remove the uncertainty caused by a lack of clarity on fire safety rules around staircases on taller buildings.

Khan commented: "I share the frustration of many in the housebuilding sector who are infuriated by the lack of national leadership from ministers.

“This new blueprint to maximise housebuilding in London sets out the action City Hall will take to build a better, fairer, and more prosperous city for all Londoners, and the steps ministers must now take to safeguard the delivery of thousands of homes across the capital.”

Sam Gurney, regional secretary at the TUC, added: “Dealing with the housing crisis in London is a huge challenge that requires everyone to work together — the GLA housing taskforce is a good start to this.

“We need to see a step change in the provision of genuinely affordable, low-cost, high-quality social housing in our city, including support to allow local authorities to build council houses on the scale needed.”

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