Housebuilding in Brent (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Krupesh Hirani Krupesh Hirani Labour

How is the Mayor helping Brent Council continue to deliver Homes for Londoners against rising costs?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am aware of issues relating to rising construction costs and the impact this is having on affordable housing development in London. My officers are monitoring the situation extremely closely and meeting regularly with partners, including the London Borough of Brent, to understand what mitigations and support can be put in place to minimise disruption to their affordable housing delivery. Mitigations include allowing more flexibility around the grant payment tranches on projects and agreeing negotiated grant rates for projects being funded through my Affordable Homes Programme.

To help boost the supply of council homes, I launched the Right to Buy-back (RTBB) fund in July 2021 to give London boroughs the funds to purchase former council homes that have been sold into the private market.