Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan MP, has praised Islington Council for building new genuinely-affordable homes whilst on a visit to a new development site in the borough.
Mr Khan visited the Brunswick Estate in Clerkenwell to see progress on building 13 new homes there – part of the council's plan for 2,000 new affordable homes over the next four years.
The scheme sees family and ground-floor homes replacing disused garages on the built-up estate, with three homes for private sale helping to pay for the other 10 to be affordable. Through the council's local lettings and local sales guarantee, all the new homes will be offered to local people on the estate or within the borough first.
Cllr James Murray, Executive Member for Housing and Development, said: “Sadiq understands London's housing crisis - and he understands what we need to do to tackle it. We need to get him into City Hall so that we have a Mayor who will help councils and others build the homes Londoners need.”
Sadiq Khan MP, Labour candidate for Mayor of London, added: “Like Islington, councils across London are showing they can make a difference in the midst of our housing crisis. They need a Mayor who's on their side, and that's why I'm determined to win next May. I'll lead a team at City Hall that knows how to get London building and we will build the genuinely-affordable homes that Londoners need.”
Between 2004 and 2013 Islington has achieved the second highest average annual net rate of housing completions in London, with 1,705 completions per year. In the last three years, 49% of the new homes built on eligible sites in Islington have been affordable housing.
Pictured - Cllr Murray and Sadiq Khan MP