Clarion statement on London Housing Strategy Plan

Austen Reid

"Clarion is supportive of the draft London Housing Strategy Plan, which is a valuable roadmap to show how the Mayor will meet his ambitious target of delivering 66,000 new homes.

"We welcome the Mayor’s intention to increase grant levels for affordable housing, which is absolutely vital if we are going to tackle the Capital’s acute housing crisis. However we urge him to go one step further by allowing more flexibility around how the grant is spent so that we can build as many truly affordable homes as possible.

"We strongly support the Mayor’s efforts to release public land more rapidly and provide partner housing associations with access to land at prices that take account of their contribution.

"It is clear from the plan that the only realistic way the Mayor will deliver affordable homes on a much greater scale is through collaborative working with housing associations as well as our developer partners. And as the country’s largest housing association and a strategic partner of the GLA, Clarion is perfectly placed to help the Mayor to meet the challenge."

Austen Reid
Group Development Director
Clarion Housing Group