London Councils has appointed a contractor to help drive plans to improve and boost housing across the capital.
Consultancy firm Halliford Associates will work with London Councils, which represents all 32 boroughs and the City of London, on developing a Collaborative Delivery Vehicle which aims to help councils increase their homebuilding capacity.
Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ executive member for housing, said: “London government is facing a significant challenge in meeting the demand for housing from Londoners. Demand for homes increases by around 50,000 each year, yet delivery of new homes has been an average of 22,000 for a number of years. Homelessness is also rising rapidly, and London’s homelessness figures account for 32% of the England total.
“It is vital we help develop new mechanisms to support councils in improving their home building capacity to meet the increasing challenges which lay ahead.
“Halliford Associates have great experience in growth, development and regeneration and will be an excellent partner in helping drive forward positive change for communities across London.”
The Collaborative Delivery Vehicle aims to help boroughs work together to pool skills and, where possible, resources to build more homes and maximise housing delivery.