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Mayor of London ‘waging war’ on outer London boroughs says council leader as 10-year housing targets revealed in London Plan

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 December 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan meets workers at the Barking Riverside Project in east London where he launched the first draft of his London Plan. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan meets workers at the Barking Riverside Project in east London where he launched the first draft of his London Plan. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

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The council leader has described the housing targets set for the borough over the next 10 years in the new draft London Plan as “undeliverable and unachievable”.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has released his first London Plan with proposals to allow a greater number of houses being built on small spaces.

He says he wants to “make the most of the precious land in the capital” to help tackle the housing crisis, as London’s population is predicted to reach 10.8 million in 2041.

A target to build 65,000 homes every year, with those of those built to be affordable, has been set.

In the 500-page document, the 10-year housing target for Havering is 18,750 with 1,875 homes expected to be built annually.

Currently, the London Plan requires the borough to build 1,170 houses a year.

But Havering Council leader Councillor Roger Ramsey has released a statement saying that it appears the Mayor of London is “waging a war” on outer London boroughs.

He said: “I have started to review the Mayor’s London Plan and will be studying it very carefully in the coming weeks because we want to make sure it will help us deliver our Vision for Havering.

“However, it’s clear already that his suggested housing targets are simply undeliverable and unachievable.

“Even though the mayor says he is committed to protecting the Green Belt, it will put large parts of it at risk.

“Not to mention having a profound effect on the established character of many parts of the borough by cramming buildings into small and unsuitable sites.

“With this plan the Mayor appears to be waging war on suburban outer London boroughs like Havering.

“It overlooks the need for major investment in infrastructure, especially transport, which the mayor himself recognises must be in place for good growth.

“As council leader, I will always lobby to protect the interests of Havering and its residents.”

The consultation on the new draft London Plan begins today and all comments must be made by 5pm on March 2 2018.

Email to LondonPlan@london.gov.uk

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