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Accessible housing

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

Your Annual Monitoring Report 15 for 2017-18 found that only seven per cent of new developments built were suitable for wheelchair users; while just 66 per cent of remaining new builds were built to be accessible and adaptable. This is well below the required 10 per cent of homes reaching the standard M4(3) and 90 per cent for M4(2). What are you doing to improve these figures for the 1.3 million disabled adults in London?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My new London Plan contains policies to ensure that housing developments provide suitable housing and genuine choice for London’s diverse population, including disabled people. Policy D5 Accessible Housing aims to increase housing choice and the proportion of London’s housing stock which is accessible and adaptable. To support the implementation of these policies and delivery of accessible and inclusive housing I have recently published draft planning guidance on housing design. You can view this draft guidance here:  https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/implementing-london-plan/planning-guidance/good-quality-homes-all-londoners-spg-pre-consultation-draft

In addition, through my Care and Support Specialised Housing (CASSH) Fund, I am making at least £100m of capital funding available to deliver specialist homes for older and disabled Londoners. My Homes for Londoners team continue to work with registered providers and local authorities to develop more specialist homes.