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More planning powers for Mayor is good news for London

Commenting on the Budget announcements, Jonathan Seager, head of housing policy at London First, said:

“It is good news that the Mayor of London will get greater powers over planning and the ability to develop the riverside wharves: the challenge is to ensure it leads to a step change in house building in London.

“It’s important central government realises the full extent of the problem – we are only building half the homes we need in London as the population rises at a record rate.

“London’s recent success cannot continue unless we address the housing crisis. Our research shows housing costs are now seen as one of the top threats by businesses because it’s making it increasingly difficult to live and work in the capital.

“We have long called for a 21st Century Domesday Book of unused public land – and we are happy Mr Osborne has set aside £1m to coordinate the release of it. This will help get more land into the market to support an increase in house building.”

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