Mayor of London to prioritise housing for key workers

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is to recognise the service and sacrifice made by key workers during the Coronavirus pandemic by backing them to be first in the queue for thousands of new and genuinely affordable homes being built across the capital.

The list will include nurses and other NHS staff as well as police officers, transport workers, firefighters and teachers. A new expectation detailed in planning guidance will mean boroughs use this list to give people in these occupations priority access to buy or rent homes at below market rates. Local authorities will also be able to add occupations to the core list to reflect local needs.

Future Cities Forum will include discussion of key worker housing in its April 'Science Cities' event where the balance and master planning of new hospital and research buildings is weighed in tandem with the need for well designed homes for those workers who support innovation and health in our cities.