Michael Gove says Sadiq Khan is “dramatically under-delivering” on providing enough homes.
In response, Sadiq Khan has taken to X to say.
“In fact, while London has met our affordable homes target, the Govt have failed to meet their own. And completions are 20% higher in the capital than elsewhere.
All progress we are making despite nimby Tory ministers regularly intervening to block new building in the capital.”
In 2019, Lib Dem run Kingston Council said increased housing targets set by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan were “not realistic”.
Kingston was identified in the Mayor’s London Plan as an Opportunity Area (OA) with potential for 9,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs by 2041.
Opportunity Areas or OAs are London’s key locations that have potential for large scale development, providing substantial new jobs and homes.
OAs typically have capacity for at least 2,500 homes or 5,000 jobs, and many are linked to potential public transport improvements.
Michael Gove’s also giving councils the power to reject planning applications if they would change the character of an area.
The housing secretary’s also promising to take action against local authorities who miss house-building targets.