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Boris criticised after dropping affordable housing target

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London mayor Boris Johnson has come under fire after rejecting calls for an affordable housing percentage target in the recently published London Plan

Planning inspectors recommended including a target of 50 per cent affordable housing in new developments at the London Plan’s examination in public last year.

The final plan has now been published, without the percentage target, along with Johnson’s reason for rejecting the recommendation.

In his response to the panel, Johnson said: ‘The mayor can see no reason why a numerical target should be taken as a cap any more than a percentage one, particularly given the emphasis in the draft policy on the figure being a minimum.’

Nicky Gavron, Labour London Assembly member and deputy chair of the housing and planning committee, said: ‘Boris Johnson has been roundly criticised for dropping the strategic London-wide percentage target for affordable housing in new developments.

‘The inspector said boroughs ‘would be hamstrung’ in securing affordable housing were the target removed.’

Kate Dodsworth, assistant director of regions at the National Housing Federation, said: ‘Whilst disappointed by the lack of a percentage target for affordable housing, we welcome the recognition of its importance through the annual target of 13,320 affordable homes. The mayor’s opinion that ‘London desperately needs more homes’ is one we very much share.’

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