Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praises Brent for its ‘fantastic work’ in building affordable homes
PUBLISHED: 15:54 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:05 18 August 2016
He has pledged to build more affordable homes in the city and today the Mayor of London visited Brent to see how well the borough is faring.
What is affordable housing?
Affordable housing includes social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Critics of affordable housing claim that changes by Boris Johnson, the previous Mayor of London, which allows rents to be charged at up to 80 per cent of the market rate makes it unaffordable for many eligible households.
Two years ago Brent teamed up with Islington, Camden, Enfield, Greenwich, Lambeth, Southwark, Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils to block the changes by Mr Johnson.
However they lost their High Court challenge.
Sadiq Khan toured major housing building projects in South Kilburn and Wembley Park which both include hundreds of affordable homes.
The borough has exceeded housebuilding targets with more than 5,000 new homes built over the last five years, of which 45 per cent affordable.
A further 15,000 minimum homes are expected to be built in the next 10 years.
Mr Khan, said: “It was great to meet residents moving into this new neighbourhood in South Kilburn today and encouraging to see boroughs like Brent pushing their housebuilding targets and providing more affordable homes for Londoners to buy and rent.
“Getting to grips with the legacy I inherited from previous mayors - and the fact fewer affordable homes were funded last year than since records began - means fixing London’s housing crisis will take time.
“It is crucial we get on with building the genuinely affordable homes our city needs.”
Cllr Butt added: “We are committed to providing homes for our residents that are genuinely affordable and meet the demand for housing and were glad to show the fantastic work taking place in Brent to the Mayor today.
“There is still a lot of work to do, but we look forward to working with the Mayor of London and our regeneration and housing partners in providing the jobs, homes and open spaces.”