Arita Morris comments on how the General Election could impact London housing development

London

09.06.2017

CGL director, Arita Morris, attended this morning’s SP Broadway Politics of Planning breakfast roundtable with James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development – with this conversation in mind and further to the election outcome, she comments on what the results might mean for housing development across London.

Arita Morris comments: “James Murray looked pleased but tired this morning at the SP Broadway roundtable discussion. A timely meeting to discuss next steps – although he was reluctant to provide details of what might happen next given the results this morning, and in particular Gavin Barwell’s departure.

“However, a few things are clear; firstly cross party support for housing delivery prior to the election means that this will remain a priority for the next government. Discussions this morning underlined this attitude – this summer’s forthcoming draft SPG and London Plan, and other emerging policies around viability, land assembly and bringing local communities on board, do not look likely to be derailed by the election result. The Mayor has also been clear about the green belt, mixed use, densification and affordable quotients. This is good news for developers as uncertainty in relation to the fundamentals of housing development in face of political disruption would be disastrous. What is less certain is how this will play out on the local borough level with the shifting spectrum of politicians.”

 

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