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Ken’s target is ‘undeliverable’

BROMLEY councillors have branded London Mayor Ken Livingstone's affordable housing targets as "undeliverable" in the borough.

The Mayor's draft London plan sets a target of 35 per cent affordable housing for new residential properties in Bromley.

At a meeting last week to discuss the plans, the council's development control committee said the targets would frighten off developers.

Tory councillor John Ince said: "Developers have not come forward with low-threshold developments. It's all very well putting these figures forward but I'm not sure we can deliver."

Colin Ruddlesden, head of the development plan at Bromley Council, said the borough should have a lower target of 30 per cent.

"Bromley is clearly an attractive borough for private land owners so the cost of land, and hence affordable housing, is high.

"If we ask developers for too much affordable housing, they might just end up walking away."

Mr Ruddlesden also attacked targets for housing densities as "unreflective" of Bromley's current environmental standards.

And committee members criticised the draft plan's "over reliance" on major cross-London transport projects, including Crossrail, which will "encourage" long-distance commuting.

They said these schemes are being pushed at the expense of smaller projects such as the South London Metro.

Liberal Democrat councillor Martin Curry, who represents Cray Valley East, said: "We need to push orbital routes so we don't have to go in and out of inner London just to make quick journeys."

The Mayor must now take the council's comments into account before publishing his Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) in late 2003.

Bromley's Unitary Development Plan (UDP), guiding the use and development of land in the borough for the next decade, must conform with this strategy before it is adopted in 2004.

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