Labour has welcomed plans by Mayor Boris Johnson to create four new housing zones which will provide over 12,000 new homes, more than a quarter of which will be affordable housing.
The new zones, which are a joint effort between London, local and national government, will be located in the the boroughs of Havering, Enfield, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets and are being supported by £162 million of City Hall cash.
In addition to the new homes, new local transport links and amenities such as schools, parks and shops will be created.
Mayor Johnson said: “Housing Zones will provide the swift delivery of new homes for Londoners that is so desperately needed and create entirely new, highly-connected urban districts for generations to come.”
“By freeing up empty brownfield sites from lengthy approval processes and providing a funding boost, we can ensure new housing capacity is created in areas where it might never otherwise have happened.”
Welcoming the Mayor’s announcement Tom Copley, Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson, said: “These new housing zones have great potential to help increase the supply of affordable homes the capital needs.
“After years of lacklustre efforts from Boris Johnson and a growing housing crisis it’s good to see the Mayor has finally woken up to the need for new homes, even if he is seven years late.”
Mr Copley added “Londoners will want reassurance that the homes built in these new zones will be truly affordable, not full of yet more luxury flats which are out of reach of ordinary people.”