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Mayor's housing plan 'too little too late'

Labour say Mayor Boris Johnson's plans to free up planning for brownfield sites are 'too little too late'.

The fact is that Boris Johnson has had six years to get a grip on the housing crisis in London and he's failed to do so. London is only building a third of the homes each year that his own estimates say are needed.

– Tom Copley, Labour, London Assembly


Mayor gets new powers to develop derelict land

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Chancellor George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson were at a former gasworks which has been deserted for 40 years to launch the scheme. They say the site in Tottenham can now be built on after they removed planning restrictions to get more homes built quickly.

Fifty thousand new homes will be built, 40% of which will be affordable, housing 250,000 people.

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Plans for 50,000 new homes to ease housing crisis

Fifty thousand new homes are to be built across 20 brownfield sites in London as part of plans to tackle the capital's chronic housing shortage.

The £400m scheme was announced today by Chancellor George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson, and will mean developers are able to bypass planning laws.

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'Profound disagreement' between Mayor and councils

Dismissing the challenge at the High Court today, Judge Justice Lang said the real issue in the case was a profound disagreement between the councils and Boris Johnson over housing policy:

I consider it is unarguable that the (mayor's) strategy is so misguided or flawed that it will effectively prevent the (councils) from making appropriate provision for affordable rented housing.

I accept that the strategy may be open to legitimate criticism, but it is plainly within the band on reasonableness.


David Cameron: I want Boris to get back in Parliament

I want him to get back in Parliament. I think he's great. It's a bit like football - if you have got a great striker you want him on the pitch.

It's up to him. He can complete as Mayor, or he can stay on as Mayor and come back to the House. I want him on the team.

– David Cameron, speaking to The Sun

Following mounting speculation about Boris Johnson wanting to become prime minister David Cameron said:

It wouldn't be a great job to have if people didn't want it. There is nothing ignoble about wanting my job.

– David Cameron, speaking to The Sun

Cameron makes plea for Boris to return to Parliament

David Cameron has made a plea for Boris Johnson to return to Parliament and run in the next election. The Prime Minister said it is up to the Mayor of London whether he completes his term in City Hall, but wants him "on the team".

Boris Johnson and David Cameron Credit: Press Association

David Cameron was speaking in an interview with comedian James Corden, who was guest Editor of The Sun. Running in the next election is "what I think" Mr Johnson should do, Mr Cameron said.

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