London Mayor pledges £10m to boost delivery of council homes

The announcement comes in the wake of 50% budget cuts to councils’ planning and development budgets.

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Sadiq Khan has announced that local authorities will receive a share of his new £10m fund.

The London Mayor hopes that the Homebuilding Capacity Fund will help authorities to help deliver more council, social rented, and other genuinely affordable homes, and ease the pressure put on councils’ planning and development budgets after they were cut by 50%.

The money will help councils deliver the Mayor’s flagship ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ programme – the first City Hall programme dedicated specifically to council homebuilding.

Through this, the Mayor agreed plans last year worth more than £1bn with 27 London boroughs to start building 11,000 new council homes at social rent levels by 2022.

30 London local authorities will receive funding up to £650,000, intended to be used on building a new generation of council homes; building more homes, including social rented and other genuinely affordable homes, on small sites; developing masterplans in areas with growth potential; and planning for optimal density across new residential developments.

The successful bids include a project to increase pipeline of council-owned land in Ealing, a new Housing Delivery Hub in Newham, and a joint bid between Barnet and Harrow to develop a town centre planning brief.

Commenting on the commitment, Khan said: “London’s local authorities have seen their budgets slashed year after year through government cuts.

“This has hit their services across the board – and has severely hampered their ambitions to build more affordable homes.

“This funding won’t reverse all those cuts – but it will help councils boost their teams to go much further than they otherwise could.”

Enfield Council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan said: “Enfield, in common with many other areas of London, has a chronic shortage of housing and we are working to increase the supply of genuinely affordable high-quality family homes for Enfield residents, help get young people on the housing ladder, and eradicate homelessness.

“This additional funding will help us deliver new homes in the areas where they are most needed and complement our existing housebuilding schemes, our ambitious estate renewal plans and the provision of 10,000 new homes at our flagship Meridian Water development.”

Cllr Simon Miller, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from the Mayor’s Home Building Capacity Fund as we continue to work to provide a decent roof over all our residents’ heads.

“This year we celebrate 100 years of council housing in the UK – this funding will help us to really boost our direct housing delivery programme, the most ambitious council housebuilding programme seen in Waltham Forest for a generation.

“I’m delighted that this will also enable us to invest in the next generation of talent to help us build the homes we so desperately need.

“Our east London partnership bid will help train local people in the construction and development industry, making the most of our fantastic construction and skills centre in Leyton and giving them the skills they need to succeed and make the most of their life chances.”

Councillor Emina Ibrahim, Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal and Deputy Leader of Haringey Council, said: “The key priority for this administration is to deliver 1,000 council homes at council rent by 2022.

“Despite the housing crisis that is affecting thousands of people across London and the lack of funding that we receive from central government, we are doing everything we can to ensure our residents get the homes they deserve.

“With thousands of people on the waiting list, this funding will give us the capacity to support our housing delivery team and go a long way to helping us deliver these homes.”

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