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London housebuilding partnership scheme unveiled

Housing Minister Caroline Flint and London Mayor Ken Livingstone have joined forces to create a new partnership to speed up the delivery of London’s £3bn housebuilding programme.

The Homes and Communities Agency, the Mayor and the Government are joining forces to establish the London HCA Board, a local sub-committee of the HCA responsible for helping to deliver affordable housing in London and the South East.

London Boroughs will be represented at this sub-committee.

The new Board will be responsible for delivering a signficant increase in the total number of homes in a way that it environmentally sustainable, significantly increase the number of affordable, family sized-homes and create communities in which people want to live by targeting and regenerating the most deprived areas of London.

The new HCA Board will ensure money from the HCA’s investment programme and land from the London Development Agency is used to deliver the HCA’s housing and regeneration programme for London and support the Mayor’s housing strategy.

The Board will be chaired by Livingstone, and have HCA chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake sitting as vice-chairman.

Housing Minister Caroline Flint says: “It is essential we increase the amount of affordable housing in London but we need to ensure homes are built where they are most needed.

“By strengthening our relationship with the Mayor’s office and giving a stronger voice to London boroughs we can ensure we create new communities and regenerate deprived areas in a much more joined-up way.”

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