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Tuesday22 August 2017

Boris to ditch 50% affordable housing target in changes to London Plan

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Boris Johnson has published a major report setting out his priorities for revising the London Plan.

The Planning for a Better London document confirms the mayor’s intention to ditch his predecessor’s 50% affordable housing target while vowing to build 50,000 affordable homes over the next three years.

It also promises additional protection for historic landmarks and World Heritage Sites, while shielding open spaces and the green belt from development.

The report sets out the mayor’s support for tall buildings, but only in locations where they do not undermine “unique character”.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday night's launch of the report, Johnson said the existing London Plan was “unwieldy” and insisted it was in need of revision to give proper account to local needs while also being easy for developers and local boroughs to use.

“There’s too much focus on detail rather than outcomes,” he said. “I want to see a slimmer plan, which deals with genuinely strategic issues, but this won’t be at the expense of London’s need for more homes and economic success.”

Johnson added that he intended to build stronger partnerships with developers, local communities and London boroughs.

Consultation on the document will end in November, with officials suggesting a revised draft of the London Plan is not expected until 2010.

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