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Boris Johnson 'likely to miss affordable home target for second time'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

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New figures show that the mayor of London needs to start 3,051 affordable homes on site this month to stand a chance of meeting his target of building 55,000 affordable homes for London by 2015.

London Assembly Green Party Member Darren Johnson said: “The mayor failed to deliver his affordable housing target in his first term, and looks second to repeat the failure in his second. We mustn’t forget that these targets are much too low anyway, and don’t come close to meeting the huge need in London.

“He will leave London with a bigger affordable housing problem than when he arrived at City Hall in 2008.”

Johnson pledged to build 55,000 affordable homes from 2011-15. This included some homes completed under the previous affordable housing programme, which was supposed to build 50,000 homes from 2008-11 but slipped by one year.

GLA officers told the Assembly last July that 9,500 homes needed to be started between April and September 2013 to meet the target, because homes typically take 18 months to complete.

In November they told the Assembly it may still be achievable if they were started by the end of March 2014, because smaller projects can be completed in 12 months.

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