Draft housing strategy for London
In anticipation of these new powers, the Mayor of London has published a draft Housing Strategy, which will help deliver the London Plan (see Practice note, The London Plan).
The Housing Strategy will be adopted as a statutory strategy in 2008 following:
- An initial consultation with the London Assembly.
- A subsequent public consultation.
Neither consultation can begin until the GLA Bill has received Royal Assent.
The Housing Strategy focuses on achieving a fifty per cent increase in affordable homes in London in the period 2008-2011, and on improving the design and quality of new homes to improve living conditions and to address climate change issues.
Note added:The British Property Federation has welcomed the draft document, particularly because of the focus on measures promoting the role of the private rented sector.