Search

Hundreds of promised affordable homes not built, report shows

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 September 2018

A report has shown the borough failed to secure affordable house building plans over the last two years. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

A report has shown the borough failed to secure affordable house building plans over the last two years. Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

PA Archive/PA Images

A total of 703 affordable homes weren’t built when they should have been, a report has shown.

London Assembly member Sian Berry. Pic GREEN PARTYLondon Assembly member Sian Berry. Pic GREEN PARTY

The homes shortfall over the last two years was blamed on missed planning targets by the Green Party London Assembly member Sian Berry who revealed the figures.

Ms Berry exposed the gap by comparing the number of homes priced at up to 80 per cent of market rent secured by the council over the last two years to a 40 per cent target set by former London mayor Boris Johnson in his development plan.

“Missing out on the affordable homes developments should provide is a continuing betrayal.

“Every time developments that fail on affordability targets are signed off, people who need homes at reasonable rents lose out,” Ms Berry said.

Cllr Linda Huggett has attacked the council for not building enough affordable homes in the borough. Pic: JACK PETCHEY FOUNDATIONCllr Linda Huggett has attacked the council for not building enough affordable homes in the borough. Pic: JACK PETCHEY FOUNDATION

The City Hall politician claimed she had found hundreds of homes promised in every London borough which had been replaced by luxury flats that an average wage earner couldn’t afford.

The report reveals a further shortfall of 1,346 homes when comparing the number of affordable dwellings in Redbridge to the need for them over the same two year period.

A Redbridge spokeswoman said the council had ambitious housing targets in its local plan promising to build 17,237 homes in the next 15 years with 35pc of them being “affordable”.

She added: “This is in the context of historically low levels of private housebuilding and unsupportive national policy.”

In total 820 homes were built between 2016 and 2017 but developers were still allowed to use viability as a reason to row back on affordable housing commitments.

The council called for more government funding for social housing.

However, the borough’s Conservative leader Cllr Linda Huggett criticised the council for using officers to grant planning permissions.

Cllr Huggett said: “Even when there is member involvement the Labour administration is pushing through permissions without any affordable housing. This is very unfortunate as there is a very genuine need in the borough. But this is not due to a lack of government finance. It is due to planning decisions taken at Redbridge Council dominated by Labour councillors.

Missing affordable homes by borough since 2016. Pic: GLA/SIAN BERRYMissing affordable homes by borough since 2016. Pic: GLA/SIAN BERRY

“They are failing to deliver on their election promises.”

Latest Ilford Stories

19 minutes ago

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview this week. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

We look back on the recent history between former National League Three South foes Eton Manor and Colchester

Crystal Palace loanee Levi Lumeka is not available for the O’s

08:25

Ilford Catholic Cricket Club enjoyed a memorable short tour to Rome to play two matches, but also have a private mass at St Peter’s Church and dinner at the Pontifical College.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

I’m not normally one to buy into conspiracy theories, they’re only put out there to keep us too busy to think about the real things that are going on.

West Ham United Hammers midfielder Jack Wilshere says there is far more to come from Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season.

As I said Morning Prayer before writing this article the Old Testament Lesson was about King Hezekiah, who had let Babylonian envoys see all his inherited wealth.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now