Mayor issues climate change challenge
London developers could have to meet tough new targets to cut down greenhouse gas emissions, under proposals put forward by the capital's mayor.
Mayor Ken Livingstone wants to force house builders to make all new homes more eco-friendly by forcing them to ensure 20 per cent of properties' energy supplies come from renewable energy.
The proposals will be grafted onto the capital's planning blueprint, the London Plan, which is currently under review.
'London should lead the way in showing the world how one of its greatest cities is planning to meet the challenges of climate change,' Livingstone said.
'We must move our cities away from relying on inefficient centralised heat and power generation, and stop constructing buildings that waste heat and electricity.'
Tony Arbour, chair of the London Assembly's planning and spatial development committee, said the mayor's
proposals would make affordable housing more expensive and scarcer.
But Faraz Baber, director of regeneration and development at the British Property Federation, said the move should be welcomed.
Meanwhile, the mayor's office is investigating the size of housing associations' land banks in a bid to find ways of accelerating the supply of affordable housing, a City Hall report has revealed.
'The Greater London Authority has made initial enquiries relating to the level of land banking among [housing associations],' it stated.
Initial research had revealed that seven of the largest housing associations in London had accrued a land bank with a capacity of 5,000 homes.