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Khan’s Crossrail homes plan branded ‘unambitious’

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Sadiq Khan’s plans for 1,500 homes on a Crossrail tunnelling site in Canning Town have been branded ‘sadly unambitious’

The mayor of London this week revealed that Transport for London (TfL) – which he chairs – was seeking a partner to turn Limmo Peninsula in the East End into a new residential neighbourhood.

Khan proposed that 600 of the homes built on the 5ha site should be ‘genuinely affordable’.

But Sian Berry, chair of the London Assembly Housing Committee, said: ‘The fact that only 40 per cent of the homes proposed today will be affordable is sadly unambitious – this is public land and the mayor’s own target is actually 50 per cent affordable.’

Khan insisted that across all sites unlocked since he became mayor, one in two homes would be affordable.

He added: ‘It is part of my strategy to free up public land and to use it to build the homes that our great city so desperately needs.

‘It is no secret that it will take many years to fix London’s housing crisis, and we ultimately need government support – but schemes such as this prove that we are can make a real difference now by delivering high-quality neighbourhoods with a large proportion of genuinely affordable homes.’

The 13 developers on TfL’s property partnership framework can bid for the chance to work on the Limmo Peninsula development, with a winner expected later this year.

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, said: ‘Unlocking new sites for housing is vital in meeting London’s desperate need for more homes.

‘In London, working with TfL and capitalising on sites such as this to add to housing supply is critical, particularly when the mayor has an ambitious target of 65,000 new homes each year.’

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