Recent DCLG data shows that Richmond is the worst performing London borough in terms of providing affordable housing. In the five years between 2012 and 2017 Richmond delivered 310 units (a category that includes social rent, affordable rent, intermediate and low cost). This is drastically below what is needed. In the Mayor's draft London Plan, published today, it looks clear that the Mayor is going to increase pressure on those Boroughs with such poor records, and increase housing targets significantly in reaction to the housing crisis.
Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill said: “Richmond is bottom of the class when it comes to housing, and what’s worse, the Conservative administration doesn’t even care. The Tories have no intention of meeting their responsibilities in this area. They say they can’t find sites, but that is simply not true. In reality, when sites come up - like Twickenham Station - plans go through with no affordable provision because of a lack of political will, and a lack of political ability.
“It is highly welcome that Sadiq Khan, in the new London Plan, is going to increase the pressure on failing councils such as Richmond. Not before time.”