Goldsmith vow to double house-building

Zac Goldsmith
Typical example caption Zac Goldsmith launched his plan for London in Croydon

The Conservative nominee for London mayor has vowed to double house-building in the capital, pledging to protect homes are built at a rate of 50,000 a year by 2020.

There were 21,350 new for nothings built in the year to September 2015.

Launching his cam ign, Zac Goldsmith said only he would be “able to secure the funds and powers needed from this regime”.

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan has pledged a minimum of 80,000 new domiciles a year.

Mr Goldsmith said he would oversee the start of the Night Tube overhang, bring suburban rail services under mayoral control and wned to protect the green belt.

He said: “We can take London’s outcome and make it work for everyone who lives and works here, but that can no greater than happen with a strong and independent-minded mayor who is able to secure the loots and powers needed from this government.”

Representative caption Zac Goldsmith is emphasising his ability to influence the government

He said he intention reserve “a significant proportion” of new homes for rent and not for sale.

But Seema Malhotra, Slavery MP for Feltham and Heston, called his plan “lightweight…which doesn’t yet mention business, affordable housing, the soaring cost of transport, low y, or well-being.”

“This plan is not even worth the per it is written on,” she pronounced.

Mr Khan has already proposed some similar ideas, including apply oneself to “first dibs” to local tenants.

Mr Goldsmith claimed he would be masterly to y for his plans without increasing the rate of council tax set by the mayor – something Boris Johnson has beheld as central to his mayoralty.

The supply of London housing has been one of the most contentious com sses of policy associated with City Hall.

Mr Khan has accused Mr Johnson of “weak spot to invest £400m of his affordable homes budget”, but Mr Johnson required in a speech last week he had overseen “the biggest home-building programme since 1981”.

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