Lack of larger homes perpetrates overcrowding
Housing providers face an uphill struggle to meet the tough home building targets designed to tackle London's overcrowding crisis, new Greater London Authority figures have revealed.
City Hall analysis of housing schemes in the development pipeline has shown that only 22 per cent of homes being built have three bedrooms or more.
The latest housing funding rules, set out in the London regional housing strategy, state that at least 35 per cent of new affordable homes should have three bedrooms or more.
The London Mayor's office estimates that 8,600 social homes with four bedrooms or more would have to be built every decade to make up the shortfall in larger homes. The current annual rate is in the 'low hundreds', according to an Association of London Government briefing paper seen by Inside Housing.
Dino Patel, regional manager of the London Housing Federation, said it was very concerning that there were so few larger homes in the pipeline.
'The issue of overcrowding is now going to stay with use for a long while,' he said. 'It has been with us for a long time but now it is on an upward trend.
'We need to seriously look at how the planning system works and how the funding system works.'