New Draft London Plan Targets Small Sites

The London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, hopes removing existing planning laws will get more homes built

The Mayor of London has revealed details of how he will tackle the capital’s housing crisis in his new draft London Plan.

It lays out Sadiq Khan’s vision for London’s housing future, with strategies including removing the density limitations on housebuilders so that land can be utilised to its maximum efficiency.

The Mayor also sets out a target to build 65,000 every year, with half of these to be genuinely affordable through planning, investment, and building on public land.

The plan demonstrates his dedication to stimulating growth in the capital through small and medium sized builders, as Khan claims they hold capacity for 24,500 homes a year.

His draft London Plan follows on from the Autumn Budget, which the Mayor called “the most anti-London in a generation.”

Commenting on his London Plan, Khan says “I am using all of the powers at my disposal in my first draft…to tackle the housing crisis head on, removing ineffective constrains on homebuilders.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, welcomes the London Plan: “In order to reach the 66,000 new homes London needs to build each year, this renewed emphasis on small sites is vital.”


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