Mayor admits homes goal will be missed
Boris Johnson’s target to get 50,000 affordable homes built in London has been put back a year because of economic conditions.
The London mayor’s deputy for policy and planning, Sir Simon Milton, has told the London Assembly that the target will now be met by 2012.
The mayor scrapped his predecessor Ken Livingstone’s rule that 50 per cent of all new developments should be affordable, but instead promised to set individual boroughs targets that would result in 50,000 new affordable homes by 2011.
This has proved difficult, with the initial agreements falling 10,000 homes short of the pledge. In July David Lunts, the London director at the Homes and Communities Agency, warned that the target would be missed without further investment.
Sir Simon said Mr Johnson is ‘confident’ he will now meet the target by 2012, with the extra homes being a combination of new builds and acquired properties.
Jenny Jones, chair of the London Assembly Planning and Housing Committee, said: ‘We welcome today’s confirmation that the 50,000 affordable homes target will be met, but we regret the delay.
‘The mayor must do his utmost to ensure this important target will not be affected by any further delays.’