Mayor Khan ac­cused of ‘rat­ting’ on af­ford­able hous­ing elec­tion pledge

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HOUS­ING devel­op­ers have been al­lowed to re­duce the num­ber of af­ford­able homes they build in a move by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, which has seen fierce op­po­si­tion.

In a new deal, pri­vate house­builders will need 35% of the homes to be af­ford­able hous­ing, rather than the 50% pledged by Khan pre­vi­ously.

The new thresh­old was an­nounced on Tues­day Novem­ber 29 in a new hous­ing strat­egy came under scru­tiny after City Hall Con­ser­va­tives ac­cused the Mayor of “rat­ting on what he said dur­ing the elec­tion”.

How­ever, the Labour Mayor has strongly de­nied he has done a U-turn and said planned to “move to­wards a long-term strate­gic goal” of half of new homes be­ing gen­uinely af­ford­able.

Speak­ing of the cap­i­tal’s hous­ing cri­sis, he said “fix­ing [it] will be a marathon not a sprint”.

He also stressed the im­por­tance of grant­ing £3.1 billion of the money Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond will give to City Hall to­wards the cause, enough to fund 90,000 new af­ford­able homes.

“London is in the midst of a hous­ing cri­sis, with thou­sands of Lon­don­ers priced out of a city they call home,” said Khan.

“These an­nounce­ments to­day demon­strate real progress on the long road to­wards fix­ing London’s hous­ing cri­sis.”

London’s mayor had formerly ad­mit­ted dur­ing a Mayor’s Ques­tion Time meet­ing that he “can­not set a tar­get” on af­ford­able tar­get but is mak­ing it his pri­or­ity.

Photo: Stu­art C. Wil­son/Getty Images

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