The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was in Brent earlier today (August 18), to see first-hand the work being done in the borough to provide much-needed new homes for Londoners.
Sadiq, who was hosted by Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, Angus Dodd, CEO of Quintain, and Helen Evans of Network homes, took a tour of a recently completed housing block in South Kilburn before taking a tour of the Wembley housing zone.
Brent is exceeding housebuilding targets with more than 5,000 new homes built in the northwest London borough over the last five years, with 45 per cent affordable. Targets have since been increased with the aim now to build at least 15,000 over the next ten years.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "Getting to grips with the legacy I inherited from previous mayors - and the fact fewer affordable homes were funded last year than since records began - means fixing London's housing crisis will take time. It is crucial we get on with building the genuinely affordable homes our city needs. It was great to meet residents moving into this new neighbourhood in South Kilburn today and encouraging to see boroughs like Brent pushing their housebuilding targets and providing more affordable homes for Londoners to buy and rent."
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: "We are committed to providing homes for our residents that are genuinely affordable and meet the demand for housing and were glad to show the fantastic work taking place in Brent to the Mayor today.
"There is still a lot of work to do, but we look forward to working with the Mayor of London and our regeneration and housing partners in providing the jobs, homes and open spaces that our residents deserve."
Angus Dodd, CEO, Quintain, the company responsible for the development of Wembley Park, said: "We are delighted to host London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, at Wembley Park today and have the opportunity to share with him our plans to create a vibrant new neighbourhood in North West London.
"Working with Brent Council and our neighbours we are providing a further 4,850 new homes for the area, up to 7,000 new jobs, new offices, shops and high quality open spaces for everyone who lives, works and visits Wembley Park to enjoy."
Helen Evans, Chief Executive, Network Homes, said: "Network Homes has played a crucial role in the regeneration of South Kilburn, investing over £63million in the project and working with Brent Council to deliver affordable homes to the community.
"We're delighted to be able to show the Mayor what those homes look like and enable him to meet one of the families who will be living there. As one of the leading housing associations in London we believe that good homes make everything possible and are proud to be working with the local community to make South Kilburn a great place to live."