Martin Skinner is no stranger to the press, having featured on BBC Radio 4, as well as several national publications. This time, it’s industry outlet Housebuilder, that have called on Martin for his expertise regarding the upcoming elections for the next Mayor of London.
The London mayoral election in May has been generating its own headlines for the vocal war between the two frontrunners – the Conservative hopeful Zac Goldsmith, and Labour representative Sadiq Khan. This election has attracted a large amount of interest, as it marks the departure of Boris Johnson MP, in the post for the past eight years.
Unsurprisingly, the housing crisis in London has been at the top of the agenda for many. Soaring demand and prices have caused companies and individuals concern over how London’s trade will continue, if the best talent simply cannot afford to live in the capital.
Interestingly, Goldsmith has hailed housing his “number one priority” with plans to double housebuilding to 50,000 homes a year by 2020. The question is, how is he going to achieve this target? Goldsmith would also like a significant proportion of homes to be built for rent, not sale. Khan meanwhile, wants to reinstate a 50% affordable housing target – championed by Johnson’s predecessor Ken Livingstone but the incumbent mayor ditched it.
Martin offered his own view on the issue, arguing that the ‘relaxation of permitted development rights has vastly aided Inspired’ and could therefore ‘help accelerate London housebuilding by expanding PDR’. From this month, PDR will be permanently established for office to residential conversions. He also highlighted that he would like to see space standards in the capital changed, arguing that consumers have evolved and there is a lot of demand for smaller apartments in the capital.
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