New London Plan borough housing targets revealed by City Hall

More than a third of London boroughs will see their annual housing targets at least double under the new London Plan, City Hall revealed today.

London mayor Sadiq Khan
London mayor Sadiq Khan

London mayor Sadiq Khan today outlined new housing need figures for the next London Plan following a city-wide strategic housing market assessment (SHMA).

As Planning reported last week, the new draft London Plan, set to be published next month, will set out an overall target of 66,000 new homes every year, compared to the current target of 49,000.

The figures (see table below) show that, compared to the 2015 Further Alterations to the London Plan, some boroughs would see their annual targets rise sharply.

Merton would see the highest increase, with its target more than trebling from 411 to 1328. In total, 13 boroughs would see their targets more than double, including Croydon, Ealing, Enfield and Hounslow.

Six councils’ annual targets would drop. Kensington and Chelsea and Islington are set to see the biggest falls, both down by a third or more.

 Borough New proposed annual housing target  Existing annual target in 2015 FALP Difference % increase
 
Merton 1,328 411 917 223%
Bexley 1,245 446 799 179%
Hillingdon 1,553 559 994 178%
Hounslow 2,182 822 1,360 165%
Sutton 939 363 576 159%
Richmond upon Thames 811 315 496 157%
Enfield 1,876 798 1,078 135%
Harrow 1,392 593 799 135%
Bromley 1,424 641 783 122%
Ealing 2,807 1,297 1,510 116%
Kingston upon Thames 1,364 643 721 112%
Waltham Forest 1,794 862 932 108%
Croydon 2,949 1,435 1,514 106%
Newham 3,850 1,994 1,856 93%
Brent 2,915 1,525 1,390 91%
Barking and Dagenham 2,264 1,236 1,028 83%
Redbridge 1,979 1,123 856 76%
Havering 1,875 1,170 705 60%
Hammersmith and Fulham 1,648 1,031 617 60%
Lewisham 2,117 1,385 732 53%
LLDC 2,161 1,471 690 47%
Barnet 3,134 2,349 785 33%
Haringey 1,958 1,502 456 30%
Wandsworth 2,310 1,812 498 27%
Camden 1,086 889 197 22%
Greenwich 3,204 2,685 519 19%
City of London 146 141 5 4%
Lambeth 1,589 1,559 30 2%
Westminster 1,010 1,068 -58 -5%
Southwark 2,554 2,736 -182 -7%
Tower Hamlets 3,511 3,931 -420 -11%
Hackney 1,330 1,599 -269 -17%
Kensington and Chelsea 488 733 -245 -33%
Islington 775 1,264 -489 -39%
OPDC 1,367 N/A N/A N/A
Total 64,935 42,389 22,546 53%


According to the Greater London Authority (GLA), the "ambitious" new targets represent "roughly double" the current rate of homebuilding.

The SHMA also suggests that 65 per cent of these new homes will need to be affordable if they are to meet Londoners’ needs, City Hall said. 

A GLA spokesman confirmed that the new London Plan's affordable housing aspirational target would remain at 50 per cent. The higher level of affordable housing need is due to recent underdelivery, he explained.

To meet the higher overall housing target and to provide enough affordable homes, Khan has called on the government "to commit to profoundly boosting the funding and powers available to London" in next month’s Budget.

In particular, the mayor has urged Whitehall funding for affordable housing in London to increase by a factor of five, returning to its 2009/10 levels of £2.7 billion a year before the Conservative-led Coalition came to power. The GLA says the current government spending level is about £500 million a year.

According to the GLA, in his first six months in office, Khan "has boosted affordable housing in the planning system" up to a level of 38 per cent across all planning applications. This compares to "the record low of 13 per cent in planning approvals he inherited from the previous mayor", it said.


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