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London pro bono development

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

What publicity are you able to give to the excellent Pro Bono Challenge initiative, highlighted in Property Week, to challenge and recognise developers who undertake pro bono development work? Do you agree that improving the image of the development industry in London will help deliver your housing and planning policy goals?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My London Housing Strategy seeks to promote better practice in the development industry which will help deliver my housing and planning goals. I welcome the Pro Bono Challenge initiative which asks companies to commit to at least one new pro bono project. However, it is important to stress that to improve the image of the development industry among local communities, the priority for developers must be to continue to increase the levels of affordable housing provided by their schemes.