We were delighted to welcome James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development, as the latest Redwood Consulting breakfast roundtable speaker this week.
The London housing brief is a formidable one at the best of times. Throw in Brexit, a General Election, an evolving London Plan and much else besides, all against the background of the ongoing housing crisis in the capital, and the challenges seem even starker.
The Deputy Mayor’s presentation of City Hall’s approach and the following discussion – all under the Chatham House Rule – proved to be extremely illuminating. Some of the main points raised – including in relation to post-Brexit recruitment challenges for the property industry, the content and timing of the London Plan, and improving cooperation between boroughs – will continue to be high on the political agenda for the rest of Sadiq Khan’s four-year term.