Khan launches London Development Panel to boost homebuilding

Panel specifically tasked to speed up building on public land across the capital.



Shrugging off a spat with James Brokenshire over housing numbers, Sadiq Khan has launched a new London Development Panel (LDP) to accelerate homebuilding on public land.

The panel is made up of developers, housing associations and contractors, who public bodies can work with to accelerate housing delivery on sites that they own.

This new LDP replaces the first London Development Panel which expired in 2017.

The panel running for a period of four years, with the potential to extend by one year.

Over its four-year lifespan it is anticipated that the LDP may be used to procure up to £20 billion of Development, measured in GDV.

Through the LDP, TfL will soon bring forward three car park sites in the London Borough of Harrow (Canons Park, Rayners Lane & Stanmore) for 100% affordable housing.

City Hall has also purchased a large part of the site of St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey from the NHS.

Plans for the site are being developed with the local council and local community, and this site is expected to be put through the LDP for residential development with at least 50 per cent genuinely affordable housing.

In addition, the Enfield Council will bring forward Meridian One through the new LDP.

This site is next to the forthcoming Meridian Water station and will deliver up to 725 homes along with 25,000 sq ft of commercial space and leisure facilities.

City Hall is working closely with the council to deliver 35 per cent affordable housing across the entire Meridian Water development.

The Mayor’s draft London Plan identifies capacity for 65,000 new homes a year and Sadiq Khan is using all of his powers to increase the proportion of genuinely affordable homes being built in London.

Public land assets have a key role to play in addressing the housing crisis in London.

The LDP is now open for business and the Mayor is urging public land owners to identify surplus sites and bring them forward for development.

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing & Residential Development, said: “Public land has a vital role to play in tackling the housing crisis, and the new London Development Panel offers public land owners a quicker and more efficient way to bring their sites forward.

“We want to see it playing an important role in building the homes Londoners so desperately need.”

Matthew Weiner, CEO of pael member U+I, said developing unused and underused public-sector land is key to delivering the homes and facilities Londoners need.

“We have long been advocates of Public Private Partnerships as a means of releasing sites for development whilst ensuring that assets are retained in public ownership.

“We look forward to bringing this knowledge and expertise to the panel in order to support the Mayor of London in his aims for housing delivery.”

The GLA has contracted with 29 organisations who make up the panel:

o    A2 Dominion

o    Be Living

o    Bellway

o    Berkeley Group

o    Barratt

o    Catalyst

o    Countryside

o    Durkan

o    Engie Consortium (Engie, HUB and Delancey)

o    Galliford Try

o    Hadley Property Group

o    Higgins

o    Hill

o    Hyde

o    Lendlease

o    London and Quadrant Housing Trust

o    Morgan Sindall Consortium (Morgan Sindall, Muse and Lovell)

o    Native Land

o    Notting Hill Genesis

o    Optivo

o    Peabody

o    Pinnacle Group

o    Prospect House Consortium (Stanhope, Network Homes and Laing O’Rourke)

o    Quintain

o    Redrow

o    Swan Igloo Consortium (Swan Housing Association and Igloo)

o    Telford Homes

o    U+I

o    United Living

  • The LDP is intended to offer:

o    A faster way of selecting a development partner compared to other procurement methods

o    A comprehensive range of development services

o    New flexibilities around how Panel Members can bid in mini-competitions

o    Potential cost savings through its mini-competition process and standardised set of contracts

o    Use for both development and contracting opportunities in Greater London

o    It is available, free of charge, to public landowners and Registered Providers who sign an Access Agreement with the GLA

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