Affordable housing targets can be met

Affordable housing targets can be met

Image: Paul HackettThe extent of the housing crisis in London requires innovative thinking and new partnerships.

That is why I welcome the deal struck between the Mayor and Catalyst Housing Association to deliver affordable homes for first-time buyers on the former Webbs Industrial Estate in Waltham Forest (“Mayor’s first plot is set to be developed”, August 24). This new type of deal, where City Hall buys and unlocks land which a housing association then develops, has huge potential and tackles one of the root causes of the housing crisis: the lack of available land in the capital to build affordable and social housing.

Collectively we have the capacity to start 100,000 homes in the next four years if we can work with partners in Whitehall, City Hall and London boroughs. A core part of our purpose as charities is to deliver affordable housing and this deal could be the start of a step change in housing delivery in London.

Paul Hackett

Chair, g15 group

Letter originally published in the Evening Standard on 31 August 2017