Don’t Forget – Have Your Say on Mayor of London Housing Targets for Havering
The Mayor of London has released his ‘London Local Plan’ which aims to build 650,000 households by 2029, with Havering earmarked for 18,750 (1,875 per annum) over the decade – 60% more than the figure recently included in the draft Havering Local Plan! A figure which is much higher than the 1,170 per annum that Havering have built into their draft Local Plan, which is set to be examined in the new year.
The target figures used by the Mayor, which are the same as the proposed figures suggested by the Government using a new formula, aims to create 65,000 new households a year up to 2029.
Targets set for nearby councils are:
- Greenwich (3,511 pa)
- Barking & Dagenham (2,264 pa)
- Redbridge (1,979 pa)
- Waltham Forest (1,794 pa)
- Newham (3,850 pa)
It is a huge concern that a simplistic and unrealistic formula is being used to impose arbitrary targets on local councils. Our borough is over 50% green belt and these target figures are simply unsustainable and unrealistic. More homes are needed, but so is the corresponding infrastructure – such as schools, medical centres and transport to create a sustainable community which retains the character of our borough. This new target is an increase of 60% on the previous figure, which was challenging enough to deliver. I would recommend that people take the opportunity to respond to the consultation as below:
The consultation runs from 1st December 2017 until 2nd March 2018.
- Online, using the online consultation tool (available from Monday 4th December)
- By email to LondonPlan@london.gov.uk (put London Plan in title bar)
- Or by mail to: Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), New London Plan, GLA, City Hall, London Plan Team, Post Point 18, FREEPOST RTJC-XBZZ-GJKZ, London, SE1 2AA
The Draft London Plan can be viewed HERE.