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Politicians quiz Olympic Park development bosses over delivery of affordable homes

PUBLISHED: 17:30 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:46 05 June 2018

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Picture: LLDC)

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Picture: LLDC)

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London Assembly members have quizzed representatives from the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) over the rate of housebuilding in the Olympic Park last year.

Last year just 74 affordable homes were built in the park, which is a sixth of the annual affordable homes target of 455, according to information the LLDC provided to the GLA.

Additionally, only 50 per cent of the 1,471 homes you would expect to be built annually for the LLDC to meet its overall building targets were built last year.

However, the LLDC’s executive director of development Rosanna Lawson and the executive director of regeneration and communities Paul Brickell defended their organisation’s record at the meeting of the London Assembly Housing Committee last Tuesday.

Mr Brickell pointed out that “on average, of the three years of the 10 year period, we are ahead of where we should be”.

The Green Party’s Sian Berry, who chairs the committee, expressed concern about the possibility of there being a downward trend in the number of homes built.

She said: “I think in last year’s report you anticipated quite a lot of new planning permissions coming through in 2017 and it seems like actually only 28 per cent of them were granted in the end.

“We keep hearing: ‘It is just this year and it is going to be OK next year.’ But I think we have had this a couple of times before.”

Mr Brickell responded: “We are pretty confident that development is not wearing off in the area.”

He said the average number of homes delivered each year was about 1,800 rather than the 1,400 required to help the LLDC meet its 10-year target of 14,700.

Conservative Andrew Boff criticised the lack of information provided to Assembly Members on the committee and suggested a member should be responsible for helping the LLDC cough up the information needed for the organisation to be properly scrutinised.

He said: “One of the issues we have been having at this meeting is getting information.

“We just feel the information was quite difficult to get hold of.”

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