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The Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick, has written to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, directing required changes to the London Plan to meet London’s housing needs.

Khan must now produce a revised London Plan with the changes before it will be approved.

Robert Jenrick stated that London’s average delivery of 37,000 homes annually falls short of existing need and the target of 52,000 homes laid out in the mayor’s proposed London Plan.


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Following the Planning Inspectorate’s investigation of your Plan, they only deem your Plan credible to deliver 52,000 homes a year. This is significantly below your own identified need of around 66,000 homes and well below what most commentators think is the real need of London.  As I have set out, the shortfall between housing need in London and the homes your Plan delivers has significant consequences for Londoners.

Robert Jenrick MP, Housing Secretary, via letter 


Changes for future housing delivery in London, required by Robert Jenrick include: 

  • Supporting ambitious boroughs to go beyond London Plan targets to bring them closer to delivering housing demand
  • A programme of work, with MHCLG, to kick-start stalled strategic sites, including bringing forward later-stage strategic land from the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.
  • Collaborating with public agencies to identify new sources of housing supply, including developing a more active role for Homes England
  • Actively encouraging appropriate density, including optimising new capacity above and around stations
  • Producing and delivering a new strategy with authorities in the wider South East to offset unmet housing need in a joined-up way.

Regular meetings will be held between Jenrick and Khan to keep the plan on track with quarterly reporting.

The letter and full details of the required changes to the London Plan can be viewed on the website.

Read the letter


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