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Budget 2015: Boris set to get greater housebuilding powers

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London Mayor Boris Johnson could be about to receive greater powers to build more homes in London in today’s upcoming budget

George Osborne is expected to reveal plans to cut red tape and accelerate housebuilding in the capital as part of today’s budget announcements (18 March).

According to the Evening Standard, the chancellor will give the Mayor of London power over 50 riverside wharves which are currently governed by Whitehall, allowing Johnson to develop the sites for homes.

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has already submitted plans to develop nine wharves in the capital with the potential to deliver 2,000 homes.  

The announcement is also expected to include funding for a new ‘domesday book’ of London’s surplus public sector-owned land.

The chancellor will also give Johnson greater powers to decide on planning applications – including those which have been stalled by sight-line issues.

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