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Planning announcement "little more than a rehash of old policies" - Nicky Gavron AM

Commenting on the announcement of new planning changes for the capital, Labour’s London Assembly Planning spokesperson Nicky Gavron AM said:

“Far from a new house building revolution this is little more than a rehash of old policies that tinker at the edge of what we need. In London we have had housing zones opening up brownfield land for over a year, they are nothing new. Whilst relaxing planning permissions may help some home-owners extend their properties it will do little to ease the vast burden of demand in the capital.

“There are already over 260,000 homes with planning permission in London, what we need isn’t more planning, it’s those homes being actually being built. If the Chancellor was serious about tackling London’s housing crisis he would reverse his deep cuts to affordable house building grants, lift the borrowing cap that is preventing councils from building and stop developers sitting on land for years without building.”

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commented 2015-07-13 12:34:22 +0100
Additional homes could be created by converting empty commercial premises (of which London has many) and adapting other vacant buildings for domestic use.

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