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New board to drive capital's housebuilding

London mayor Boris Johnson has set up a board to oversee his £3 billion housing programme.

Homes for London has bene created after the mayor took over money and some 550 hectares of land previously controlled in the capital by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Mr Johnson said: “We have one of the greatest opportunities this city has ever seen to take a unique combination of land and investment and make it work to deliver the homes Londoners need, helping to generate thousands of jobs and boost economic growth along the way.” 

Homes for London will be chaired by Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor for housing, land and property.

Other board members are: Nick Salisbury, former head of structured finance for the Barclays Corporate Bank Property; Mike Youkee, former head of housing at Quintain and former joint chief executive of the Greenwich Peninsula project; Charmaine Young, outgoing director of developer St George; Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils’ executive member for housing; Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley council and Chris Roberts, leader of Greenwich council.

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