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Gavron challenges Mayor over “complete absence of ambition” on housing

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Nicky Gavron AM has today criticised the Mayor’s failure to meet London’s housing need, accusing him of a “complete absence of ambition”.

London Assembly Labour Group Planning Spokesperson Nicky Gavron AM has today criticised the Mayor’s failure to meet London’s housing need, accusing him of a “complete absence of ambition” for setting a target to build only 42,000 new homes per year, despite City Hall analysis showing that 62,000 per year would be necessary to clear the backlog of need within ten years.

With Boris Johnson dismissing calls for higher house building targets, Gavron challenged him to “at least do the bare minimum” by raising his target to 49,000 per year, which would allow the capital’s backlog of housing need to be cleared within twenty years.

The comments came after today’s session of the Examination in Public at City Hall, where the Mayor’s alterations to the London Plan are being debated. Gavron argued that the Mayor’s plan grossly underestimates the need for decent homes and fails differentiate between the different types of housing required.

Gavron also called on the Mayor to provide strategic direction to London boroughs on how they should make up the difference between the London Plan target and the capital’s true need for housing.

Nicky Gavron AM, London Assembly Labour Group Planning spokesperson, said:

“The Mayor’s housing targets show a complete absence of ambition. Despite his own evidence base showing that London needs to build 62,000 new homes a year to clear the backlog of demand within ten years, the new alterations to the London Plan only set the target at 42,000. Boris should at least do the bare minimum and raise his target to 49,000 so we can clear the backlog within twenty years.

“Boris Johnson has utterly failed Londoners on housing over the past six years of his mayoralty. Property prices and rental charges are soaring to unsustainable levels, but the London Plan is missing the mark. People will wonder what it will take for Boris to take London’s housing crisis seriously.”

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