Last night Channel 4 News revealed Boris Johnson’s miserable record of securing affordable housing on public land.
The piece, which includes an interview with me, shows that despite sweetheart land deals and high level of grant, Boris is failing to make developers provide sufficient levels of affordable housing on his own land.
The Mayor’s own evidence base shows a need for 52 per cent of all new housing to be affordable. But Channel 4’s research found that just one in four homes on GLA land is “affordable”. The figure is far worse when you look at the numbers of genuinely affordable homes at social rents.
This is unacceptable. If Boris fails to secure enough affordable housing on his own land, then what hope is there that he will require developers to do so elsewhere? The Mayor must show much greater leadership on his own land, where he really does control the process.