Secretary of State for Housing condemns Mayor over his London Plan

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick has today written to the Mayor of London to make clear that housing delivery in London under his mayoralty has been deeply disappointing. 

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said “I am concerned that your plan will be to the detriment of family sized dwellings which are and will continue to be needed across London. This is not just in relation to their provision but also their loss, particularly where family sized dwelling are subdivided into flats or redeveloped entirely. I am therefore directing you to ensure this is a consideration of London Boroughs when preparing policies and taking decisions in relation to dwelling mix. 

In relation to optimising density the Secretary of State notes “It is important that development is brought forward to maximise site capacity, in the spirit of and to compliment the surrounding area, not to its detriment. Sites cannot be looked at in isolation and Londoners need to be given the confidence that high density developments will be directed to the most appropriate sites; maximising density within this framework. I am therefore directing you to ensure that such developments are consented in areas that are able to accommodate them.