£26 million set aside for new council houses

Galtero Lara
May 17, 2018

A spokesperson for City Hall said officials met yesterday to discuss introducing the move across parts of the city's 32 boroughs this year - some car-free days already exist for events such as the London Marathon and Pride events.

The first deals struck under the initiative include a plan for 525 new homes in Waltham Forest, and 1,000 new homes in both Newham and Lewisham over the next four years.

Back in the 1970s, when I was growing up, London councils built thousands of social homes, providing homes for families and generations of Londoners.

Throughout recent months, Mr Khan has shown concern over the building limitations that London councils face, when trying to replace the homes that were sold under Right to Buy. His programme offers councils an innovative way to ringfence their Right to Buy receipts to help them build new homes to replace those sold in the local area. "I share the Mayor of London's commitment to kick-start major council housebuilding in the capital as the only way we can realistically tackle the housing crisis". Council homes for social rent bind our city together, and they have been built thanks to the ambition of London's councils over many decades.

Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing the black neighborhood in LondonPA:Press Affiliation
Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing the black neighborhood in LondonPA:Press Affiliation

Building Council Homes for Londoners will support councils to enhance their capacity to deliver large-scale new-build programmes with skills, expertise and resources from City Hall.

Khan accused the government of having "turned its back" on local authorities and "hampering" their ability to build new homes.

"I will do all I can to help councils replace as many of them as possible".

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