Mayor gives local housing powers, outlines low carbon areas

Boris Johnson has said he’ll allow Boroughs to set their own affordable housing targets, and has announced ‘low-carbon’ areas in West London.

The housing announcement was widely expected, and emanates from the proposed changes London plan published in July. David Lunts, of the GLA commented "this administration isn’t anti-target, just against targets which are unachievable". He went on to say that the 50% affordable housing target set by former Mayor Livingstone were never reached, and that no scheme had gone beyond 34%.

The ‘Low-Carbon’ zones are part of plans to cut carbon emissions across the capital. Ten have now been identified, with Wembley the West London representative. They will use locally produced, less polluting, more efficient energy. The programme is supported by the London Energy Partnership.

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