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New partnership to deliver London homes

A new partnership to increase the delivery of London’s £3 billion housebuilding programme has been announced by housing minister Caroline Flint and Mayor Ken Livingstone.

The Homes and Communities Agency, the Mayor and the Government are joining forces to establish the London HCA Board, a local sub-committee of the HCA responsible for helping to deliver affordable housing in London and the South East.

The new board will be responsible for delivering a significant increase in the number of homes in a way that is environmentally sustainable; increase the number of affordable, family-sized homes and by targeting and regenerating the most deprived areas of London.

It will be chaired by Mr Livingstone and HCA chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake will sit as vice-chairman.

Ms Flint said: “It is essential we increase the amount of affordable housing in London but we need to ensure homes are built where they are most needed.

“By strengthening our relationship with the Mayor's office and giving a stronger voice to London boroughs we can ensure we create new communities and regenerate deprived areas in a much more joined-up way.”

Mr Livingstone said: “My new housing strategy sets out clear policies to help make housing more affordable for Londoners, and especially for those struggling to find family housing. These new arrangements will bring the delivery of housing and regeneration far closer to London's specific needs than has ever been possible before.”

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