Draft housing strategy for London

The Greater London Authority Bill (GLA Bill), which is currently awaiting Royal Assent, will give the Mayor of London new powers, including new housing and planning powers.

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.

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