Hounslow Council was fully behind Mayor Khan’s first 'Homes for Londoners' conference, held on Tuesday 8 October
Published: Wednesday, 9th October 2019
he made it clear to homebuilders, his priority is council, social rented, and other genuinely affordable housing, and that development must win the support of Londoners.
The inaugural Homes for Londoners conference, held at the Royal Victoria Docks in Newham, hosted more than 400 representatives from the housing sector where they discussed the Mayor’s plans for more council, social rented, and other genuinely affordable housing in London.
The conference featured panel discussions including how to engage with community groups, developing infrastructure, and maintaining high building quality standards. Speakers on the panels included representatives from the Magpie Project (who support mums and children in temporary accommodation), the volunteer-led community land trust RUSS, and the YIMBY London grassroots housing campaign.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It was great to get so many of the capital’s homebuilders in one place and my message to them was clear – what Londoners need, are more council, social rented and other genuinely affordable homes. I’ll do everything I can to help, and I’ll continue to lobby government hard for the money London needs, but everyone has a role to play, and that includes developers. My challenge to homebuilders is not to lose sight of their social responsibilities, and to redouble their efforts to provide the homes Londoners genuinely need.”
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council fully supported the Mayor’s conference. He said:
“I am delighted that Mayor Khan brought so many leading housing experts to focus on the vital issue of genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. Across the capital, many councils are driving ambitious housebuilding programmes supported by grants and none more so than Hounslow. At the time of the last election, Hounslow Council pledged to secure 5,000 affordable homes by 2022. That 5,000 is broken down as 3,000 socially rented homes, plus 2,000 shared ownership or other forms of affordable housing.”
The conference focused on the Mayor’s pledge to encourage Good Growth by Design, meaning new developments should benefit everyone who lives there and be environmentally sustainable, physically accessible and sensitive to the local area.
The Mayor is using all the resources and powers currently at his disposal to tackle the housing crisis, and last year started a record 14,544 affordable homes, including nearly 4,000 at social rent levels – more than in any year since City Hall took control of housing investment in the capital, and exceeding the target of 14,000 agreed with Government ministers.
Last year Sadiq launched ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ – the first-ever City Hall programme dedicated to council homebuilding - announcing more than £1 billion funding for 11,154 new council homes at social rent levels and a further 3,570 other homes, including those for London Living Rent. The highest number of new council homes in London in 34 years were also started with City Hall’s support last year.