Future housing developments in London will have to include a minimum of 35 percent affordable housing to get fast-track planning permission. Sadiq Khan, the capital’s mayor, has announced the proposal as part of a housing strategy designed to provide 65,000 new homes a year across London for the next 10 years.
Mr Khan’s plans include prioritising development on brownfield sites and delivering genuinely affordable homes in London with the criteria that a household’s housing costs should not exceed 40 percent of its income.
The mayor has also provided £1.67 billion in funding for London councils to build 10,000 new council homes over the next four years. Councils will be able to ringfence the money they receive when tenants exercise their right to buy their home and use that money to replace the social housing on a like-for-like basis.
The mayor’s housing strategy aims to build more homes; deliver genuinely affordable homes; provide high-quality homes and inclusive neighbourhoods; provide a fairer deal for private renters and leaseholders; and tackle homelessness and hep rough sleepers.
As part of the strategy, leaseholders in London are to be given better advice and greater support from City Hall when dealing with increases in ground rent and abuse of leasehold tenure. The Government has announced that newbuild houses should no longer be sold as leasehold, but many developments in London are flats and apartments, which will continue to be sold as leasehold.
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