Housing in London

Housing London

What the London mayoral candidates have to say about housing policy:

CandidateZac GoldsmithSian BerrySadiq KhanCaroline PidgeonPeter Whittle
Total annual housebuilding target50,000 a year by 2020200,000 over a 4 year term50,000150,000 private units over 4 year term
Affordable housing target64,000 social and low cost rent, 400,000 low cost ownership• At least half of all new housing to be affordable
• Housing Associations to deliver 180,000 new homes over 10 years
50,000 council homes over 4 year term
Planning• Expert ‘flying planners’ team to support LA planning departments
• Standard viability assessments for affordable homes in developments
• Chief Architect for London
• London Plan to set aside more homes for Londoners on average salaries
• Reintroduce 50% affordable housing target for individual developments, require transparency on viability assessments
• Protect Zero Carbon definition
• Offer communities a Right to Regenerate – becoming partners in the planning
of opportunity areas and housing zones
• Develop planning rules to tackle ‘buy-to-leave’
• Improve planning and design to offer older Londoners more choice of suitable housing
• Greater transparency on viability assessments for affordable homes in developments
• Use powers more effectively to encourage home building, including benchmark that half of housing in new developments should be affordable for majority
of Londoners
Large development consents to be decided by local referendums
Development • Guarantee homes built on Mayoral land are only for Londoners – Homes built on TfL land reserved for those living in London for at least 3 years
• ‘London share’ retained in public sector land sold for development
• Company with a £0.5bln fund from council tax
to support smaller and community builders
• Free home insulation for homeowners
• Break up bigger development sites up into smaller plots
• Setting up ‘Homes for Londoners’ and building alliance of all with a stake in housebuilding
• Affordable homes to include social rent, new London Living Rent and part-buy- part-rent
• Attract institutional investors to finance homes for
long-term, secure rent
• City-hall owned developer to delivery 50,000 affordable homes
• Continue to levy Olympic Precept – leading to accessing finance of up to
£2 billion to build housing*
• Register of London’s brownfield sites
• Prioritise Londoners when developing on GLA land
Buyers • Londoners given first refusal on new-build homes built on TfL land
• ‘Mayor’s mortgage’ for
new-build property, 9 month agreement in principle window (instead of 6 months)
• Phase out shared ownership and replace with models such as mutual home ownership which will remain affordable in the longer term
• Campaign to reform leasehold law
• Londoners given ‘first dibs’ on all homes built on Mayoral land
• Seek to extend ‘first dibs’ to homes built on public land and to a proportion of homes built in all developments across
the Capital
Private Rented Sector• Three-year tenancies offered as standard
• Target high fees charged by estate agents to tenants
• Campaign for employers to offer ‘deposit loans’ for rental deposits to workers
• Create a ‘union for renters’
– which would be an advice and lobbying group
• Set up a register for landlords, which would allow tenants to rate and compare landlords
• Rogue landlords named and shamed in public database
• Set up not-for-profit lettings agency
• Increase renters’ rights on tenancy lengths and rents
• Promote landlord licensing and make the case for a London-wide scheme
• Promote 3-5 year tenancies
• All landlords to be registered
• Scrap agents’ lettings fees for tenants
Higher taxes for buy-to-let investors who leave property empty
Right to buy (Right to Buy comes under Central Government remit)Encouraging 2 for 1 replacement of properties sold• Lobby for end of Right to Buy
• Work with Councils and Housing Associations to mitigate impact of Housing and Planning Bill
Right-to-buy should come with a guarantee that a like- for-like replacement home for social rent will be built in local area• Scrap RtB for Social Tenants
• Introduce RtB for private tenants when landlords sell property
* Green beltProtect the GreenbeltProtect the GreenbeltProtect the GreenbeltProtect the GreenbeltProtect the Greenbelt
Estate regenerationRegeneration to replace run-down estates with
mansion blocks and terraces
– where a majority of local residents in favour
• No complete demolition unless absolutely necessary
• Regeneration to be led by residents who have right to independent ballot and support from Community Homes Unit
• Regeneration only with full resident support, demolition only where other options have been exhausted
• In-fill to boost housing numbers
HomelessnessExpand ‘No First Night Out’ which helps identify those at risk of homelessnessExpanding ‘No First Night Out’ scheme, with plans to end rough sleepingSet up ‘No Nights Sleeping Rough’ taskforce to oversee funding and implementation of Mayor’s priorities in this areaExpanding ‘No first night out’ schemeSet up a homelessness register at City Hall
Do you support:
Crossrail 2 YesYesYesYesNo
Bakerloo extension YesYesYesYes-
HS2 YesNoYesYes (but ensure impact on London is minimised)No
Heathrow extension
No (and close London City Airport)NoNoNo
EU membershipLeaveRemainRemainRemainLeave