On Friday 9 June SP Broadway held a Politics of Planning breakfast roundtable discussion with London’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, James Murray.
Mr Murray was appointed a Deputy Mayor by Sadiq Khan in May 2016, having previously served for six years as Islington Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Development.
At the roundtable – held the morning after Labour’s surprise General Election advance – Mr Murray set out the Khan administration’s progress on housing so far and its plans for the future. He highlighted the ‘new deal’ on offer to developers in London: support with progressing redevelopment projects through the planning system in return for a cast-iron commitment to provide at least 35% affordable housing.
Other points discussed during the roundtable included:
• The need for a range of affordable housing models to meet London’s housing requirements.
• Plans for increased infrastructure investment in outer London boroughs to enable new housebuilding.
• How housing associations can be supported to deliver new homes.
Warm thanks to James Murray and guests for their contributions to a fascinating discussion.