Shelter response to the Major of London's Supplementary Planning Guidance: consultation response
- Document type
- White, Robin
- Date of publication
- 1 February 2017
- Housing and Homelessness
- Social welfare
- Material type
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Shelter describes the housing market in London as to be inadequate: it is insufficient in meeting people’s needs and in providing affordable housing for young families, young professionals and first time buyers. House buyers often have to rely on parental support; as a consequence figures for homelessness are rising.
Shelter puts the inadequate housing situation in the capital down to a combination of failures in the planning system, government policy, the land market and speculative house building system.
Shelter values the steps taken by the Major’s Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) as encouraging and names especially:
- The implementation of a 35% affordable housing threshold, being further linked to grant funding
- Clarity in outlining the tenure split, as preferred by the Major
- The proposal to increase the transparency of viability assessments
- The encouraging proposal on built-out
Regarding built-out, Shelter is aware that the Major has no influence over tax policy, but, the charity recommends, should publicly lobby the Treasurer and – thus re-enforcing the positive message of the SPG – demonstrate intent to ensure that developers in the capital are building the homes that they have permission for.
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