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Tories spot gaps in the market for 10,000 new London homes

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

Tories spot 'gap' in the market for 10,000 new London homes Tories spot 'gap' in the market for 10,000 new London homes

The Greater London Authority's Conservatives say they have identified 4,552 redundant sites and gaps across the capital - that could provide space for 10,000 new homes over the next 10 years.

A new report - 'Gap In The Market' - sets out a large scale disused site action plan across housing estates in 13 boroughs.

The earmarked plots currently house things such as old laundries, garages and store sheds, according to the report.

And one of the report's key recommendations is for a city-wide pilot of 100 sites to be provided for self-builders, such as young professionals and first time buyers.

GLA Conservative London Assembly Member, and author of the report, Steve O’Connell said: “We need an urgent, mass scale, coordinated effort to turn the thousands of redundant spaces in blocks and estates into housing. A huge part of this is encouraging people to build their own homes. Some quick research for my report shows that it’s possible to build a well-insulated, energy efficient home for less than 50k.

"The opportunity to build homes on a shoestring budget will help the likes of young professionals and first time buyers who may otherwise struggle with hefty deposits. What self-builders need is the land to build on - I have identified over 4,000 disused sites and spaces across just 13 boroughs of London, and I’m urging the Mayor of London to initially pilot self-building on 100 of these spaces.

“My action plan also involves every borough identifying their disused sites and spaces, putting them into their next available housing delivery plan, and getting the Mayor to scrutinise them. If all boroughs fully explore this potential we could deliver at least 10,000 homes in 10 years. Let’s get started.”

The report recommends:

  • Each London borough, if they have not already done so, should undertake a comprehensive and up-to-date survey to identify sites on housing blocks and estates that would be suitable for infill homes, working with housing associations where necessary. A delivery plan should then be published for new homes on these sites.
  • These surveys and delivery plans should be included in each borough’s local development plan and housing strategy at the next available opportunity.
  • The mayor should amend the London Plan, especially Policy 3.3, to require all London boroughs to review the potential to create new homes on small sites on existing housing estates. Each borough’s infill housing delivery plan should then be scrutinised by the Mayor when its local development plan and housing strategy are next being reviewed.
  • London boroughs, working with housing associations where necessary, should identify suitable sites for smaller developers or self-builders through their infill programmes wherever possible.
  • The mayor, through the London Development Panel and in discussion with boroughs, should help identify pilot projects to enable small developers or self-builders to build new homes on infill sites for at least 100 new homes.

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