Affordable Housing Roundtable

Monday 15 May 2017

Last week, WPA and its sister organisation City Property Association held a roundtable discussion on affordable housing delivery with senior leaders from across London local government, major developers and housing associations.

The roundtable was a call to action on the Centre for London report ‘Strength in Numbers: Funding and Building More Affordable Homes in London(co-sponsored by the City and Westminster Property Associations) which identified cross borough collaboration as a key tool for helping tackle the capital’s affordable housing crisis. Whilst inner London boroughs have ambitions to increase delivery, but are hampered by the high cost of land and restrictions on funding, outer boroughs have land and supply, but lack the funding.

Following a presentation on the report’s findings by its lead author, Silviya Barrett, the roundtable discussed:

  • The role of the GLA, central Government and bodies such as London Councils in supporting cross-borough delivery
  • The importance of design, placemaking and flexible approaches to planning policy to deliver homes in the right locations and at affordable prices
  • Speeding up the planning system to deliver good quality affordable homes, faster

The roundtable included Sir Steve Bullock (Mayor of Lewisham and Housing Lead at London Councils), Councillor Peter John (Leader of Southwark Council), Councillor Paul Ellis (Cabinet Member for Housing at Wandsworth Council) and Tobias Goevert (Head of Regeneration and Design at Harrow Council). It was Chaired by James Cooksey, Chairman of Westminster Property Association.

The City and Westminster Property Associations will submit the key findings and agreed recommendations from the roundtable to the Mayor of London, as he prepares his revised London Plan.