City Hall is considering setting up a dedicated support unit to help councils and housing associations develop the skills and in-house capability needed to build new homes.
Smaller housing associations and stock-owning local authorities account for “a relatively small proportion” of new developments despite owning large numbers of London’s existing affordable homes.
Greater London Authority officials have commissioned a study to assess the viability of helping the organisations contribute towards Boris Johnson’s goal of building 42,000 new homes each year.
The study has the backing of councils and housing associations and will include auditing the existing skills and experience within organisations as well as making recommendations on how the Mayor’s office can help address any shortcomings.
Because some social housing providers specialise in serving specific groups, such as black and minority ethnic tenants, GLA officials suggest any City Hall intervention could deliver “positive impacts” for underserved communities.