Redbridge named ‘worst’ for affordable housing across London
PUBLISHED: 07:43 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 08:25 10 November 2016
Redbridge is the worst London borough for building new affordable homes, according to figures released by charity Trust for London.
The data shows between 2011 and 2015, only seven per cent of new homes built in the borough were affordable, compared with an average of 28pc across London.
Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said despite “inheriting one of the worst” housing problems in London, there will be “spades in the ground” very soon.
“Housing is a deep-rooted issue and it has been there for the last 10, 15 years,” he said.
“We are actively working to ensure we will deliver on housing.
“We have put in place a trading company, we are restructuring the council and setting up infrastructure – you will see spades in the ground in the very near future.”
Cllr Athwal said the council is committed to building affordable homes and recently turned down an application for a development on the Sainsbury’s site, Roden Street due to the lack of affordable housing in the plans.
The refusal of the application was welcomed by John Clifton, church leader of Ilford Salvation Army, who argued residents “don’t want another Pioneer Point”.
Speaking of Trust for London’s figures, he said: “I am shocked that it is the worst – Redbridge shouldn’t be the worst for anything.
“I know the council is working to put things in place but they need to move quickly on it. They are pushing really hard so hopefully we will see a change in the next year.”
Mr Clifton, who has campaigned for Community Land Trusts in the borough with Redbridge Citizens, is looking forward to working with the council to create 250 affordable homes, following a pledge made by Cllr Helen Coomb, cabinet member for regeneration, property and planning, a fortnight ago.
Mr Clifton added: “They have made a political commitment. Now we need more details to see how it will be implemented.”
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