Statement from the Chair of the Planning Committee on the review of reasons for unimplemented planning permission

Nicky Gavron AM, Chair of the Planning Committee, said:

“The London Assembly Planning Committee welcomes the Chancellor’s announcement to appoint Oliver Letwin MP to chair a review into delays in homes with planning permissions being built. For many years, the Assembly has been calling on the Government to act on this.

“In London there are planning permissions for 270,000 new homes – that is nearly five years supply of the housing London so desperately needs and ten years at the levels achieved previously.

“The Chancellor’s announcement today to appoint Oliver Letwin MP to chair a review is welcome, but the London Assembly has already done the research and has a package of measures to unblock supply.

“The Assembly understands the review will report by the spring of next year, in time for the financial statement. We will contribute to this review as a matter of urgency. What we want is action, which is why we urge the Government to intervene in whatever way necessary to ensure this land is used for housing.”