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Housebuilding in London twice as much as the rest of the country combined

  • January 11, 2024
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Housebuilding in London twice as much as the rest of the country combined

Thanks to efforts from boroughs, London is in a ‘golden era’ of council housebuilding. Since 2016, over 32,000 council houses have been started in the capital with 23,000 directly funded by City Hall. This compares to just 3,520 in the previous decade. Since Sadiq Khan took office in 2016, London has begun work on nearly 5,000 more council homes compared to other parts of England.

Housing completions are 20% higher in London than in the rest of the nation with more homes of all types being completed in recent years than at any time since the 1930s and is delivering higher council homebuilding than at any time since the 1970s, more than the rest of the country combined.

This turnaround is in part thanks to initiatives including the mayor’s landmark Building Council Homes for Londoners grant funding programme, Khan’s Homebuilding Capacity Fund, which allowed boroughs to increase their ability to build following a period of decline. And there was also the new Council Homes Acquisition Programme (CHAP) which gave boroughs the resources needed to boost housing supplies through buying homes from the private market. Council homes are now being built in every borough in London.  

In May 2023, the mayor met the ambitious affordable homes target of starting 116,000 homes set by the Government’s   2016-23 Affordable Homes Programme. This included over 25,000 homes delivered by councils.

However, throughout the country, ministers have been unable to meet their targets. Housing experts warned of a major decline in housebuilding driven by high interest rates, building cost inflation, and a lack of leadership from the government.

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