Hammersmith wins on housing

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has won its battle with the Government over affordable housing.

The Council has been working for two years to overturn the former administration’s policy of insisting on 65% affordable homes in all developments, and a 100% requirement on all land converting from employment to residential use.

Hazel Blears had refused to drop the policies from the Borough’s Local Development Framework (LDF), but the outcome of a judicial review of that decision has reversed it, and allows the targets to be bought into line with the London Plan.

This currently requires 50% afordable, but the Mayor has already indicated he intends to scrap that target when he revises the Plan.

Mark Loveday, who holds the Strategy Portfolio in Hammersmith’s Cabinet, says he hopes this will "unblock the development pipeline".

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