Client Briefing – London Housing Delivery Update 2019


In 2018, Sadiq Khan stated that “as Mayor, I know that our housing crisis is the biggest threat to London’s future. It is the main reason why all Londoners cannot share in our city’s success.” A recent survey undertaken by YouGov, and released by London First, reveals that 4 in 10 Londoners have considered leaving the capital because of housing costs. As we approach the next Mayoral elections in 2020, we consider recent housing delivery and the challenges faced.


  • The draft new London Plan proposes a 53% increase in London’s ten year housing target compared to the current plan.

  • Net additional dwellings for the period 2017/18 have fallen 23% on the previous year.

  • New builds fell 13% for the period 2017/18 compared to the previous year.

  • There has been a 30% reduction in planning applications for major schemes in 2017/18.

  • 21 of the 33 London boroughs experienced a decline in net housing delivery for the period 2017/18.

  • GLA has set a target of 116,000 affordable home starts by 2022.

  • Based on latest reporting for 2018, only 2,400 affordable home starts have been recorded so far, with a total target range of 14,000 to 19,000 for the period 2018/19.

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Pearce Gunne-Jones
Associate Director