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Boris Johnson to be challenged on Olympic Park affordable housing delivery

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

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London Mayor Boris Johnson will be challenged on the delivery of affordable housing at the Olympic Park when he appears before the London Assembly today.

There are concerns within the Assembly that the park's affordable housing will be undermined by the introduction of expensive service charges and that the larger, family-sized properties will be targeted at the private sector.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM, London Assembly Labour Group regeneration spokesperson, said: “I am deeply concerned that the promises made for affordable housing at the Olympic Park will not be delivered. There is a desperate shortage of affordable housing in London, but particularly affordable family homes.

"To be a long-term success and truly become a new London neighbourhood we need mixed communities and that includes family housing as well. The last thing we want to see is families on modest incomes priced out of the Olympic Park and for it to become an enclave of the rich.

“The Olympics and Paralympics were a huge success and showed modern Britain at it’s very best with the world looking on with envy. We cannot forget the promises made to local residents who had to deal with a long construction phase and disruption. Other Olympic cities have failed to deliver any meaningful legacy with their stadiums and athlete’s villages becoming white elephants. London is poised to deliver for local residents, but the housing has to be affordable and that includes for local families.”

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