Develop suburbs for more homes

Building new homes in the suburbs, using innovative building techniques and developing new options for renting and buying can help solve the housing crisis in London.

That’s what we have proposed in our submission to the London Housing Commission’s call for evidence to help a shape a housing strategy for the next Mayor of London.

In our response we outlined four areas that should be addressed in the strategy:

  • Broaden range of rental and purchase options available
  • Identify opportunities to densify existing housing stock
  • Develop and introduce incentives to densify owner-occupied areas
  • Embrace innovative design and new construction to assist development of difficult sites

Through our regeneration projects at Wornington Green in Kensington, and Havelock and Friary Park in Ealing we’ve had to address particular challenges around developing low-cost housing in high-cost areas, and building more homes in existing neighbourhoods.

Our approach to these projects has included building mixed-tenure developments, where private sale can subsidise the building of social rent housing, and extensive engagement with local stakeholders. We are also exploring how we can match rented and purchase products to income.

More details on these projects and our proposals can be found in our submission.