Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thousands of Homes Will Be Built in London Suburbs to Tackle Housing Crisis

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Thousands of Homes Will Be Built in London Suburbs to Tackle Housing Crisis

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor

TENS of thousands of homes are to be built in London's suburbs under a blueprint to tackle the housing crisis blighting the capital, the Standard reveals today.

Housing minister Gavin Barwell also offered Mayor Sadiq Khan new powers to solve London's homes shortage scandal in return for a guarantee to dramatically boost the numbers being built. Experts say that up to 60,000 new homes a year will be needed in London around double the current rate to meet projections.

"There is nowhere in the country where the gap between what we are building and what we need to build is greater than in our city," said Mr Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central. "We have to accept the higher level of house building in the city in order to ensure our young people are going to have a chance of getting on the housing ladder or finding a secure place to rent."

The Government's long-awaited housing white paper, published today, highlighted how housing density in London, relative to its population, was far below levels in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, and lower than in Berlin and Milan.

The document said: "London is a relatively low-density city, especially in its suburbs. When people picture high-density housing, they tend to think of unattractive tower blocks, but some of the most desirable places to live in the capital are in areas of higher density mansion blocks, mews houses and terraced streets."

The Government is set to amend planning rules to encourage high-density schemes in urban areas with good transport links, such as near railway stations. Mr Barwell also wants to strike a deal with the Mayor and boroughs to stop young people being priced out of the housing market.

He was seeking to speak to Mr Khan today to set up a high-level meeting with his deputy mayor for housing James Murray to start work on a "bespoke" package for London. …

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