The current priorities of the 32 London boroughs and the city of London

Over nine million people live within the boundaries of 32 Borough Councils and the City of London. It's generally accepted that Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) across London and the rest of the UK are
overwhelmed and under resourced, creating a crisis in the system.

What are the key issues?

 

Delivery and affordability of homes

The London Plan is aiming to re-balance development in London towards more genuinely affordable homes. But based on affordability alone, the annual need for additional affordable housing in London is 7.6 times greater than the supply compared to 2.6 in the remainder of England.

Whilst there are housing problems in many parts of the country, particularly in larger cities, the challenge facing London is unique, in terms of both scale and severity. The impacts on the economy, poverty, social and geographical mobility, and well-being are of national significance. 

Without the enhanced role for the housing sector, London is going to fail to meet the housing needs of low and middle-income residents, resulting in significant inequalities in the capital. So, how will this be resolved?

Our analysis details the LPA challenges in the current economic and political climate, and what can be done to ease concerns. 

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