Sadiq Khan has chosen Peabody chair Lord Bob Kerslake to lead a review into boosting housing delivery among agencies overseen by the Greater London Authority (GLA).
Lord Kerslake, also a former head of the civil service, will oversee the independent review aimed at streamlining the GLA Group’s approach to housebuilding to help deliver more affordable homes.
The GLA Group includes Transport for London, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire Commission, London Legacy Development Corporation, and Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation.
The review, which will start immediately and report early next year, was promised by Mr Khan in a pre-election pledge in April.
Recommendations will be made to help the agencies “work together more effectively and benefit from collective experience and expertise”, the GLA said.
The review will also look at the best way to pilot a City Hall-owned developer to build low-cost homes, which was one of Mr Khan’s election pledges before he won his second term as London mayor.
Mr Khan said: “I can think of no one more qualified than Lord Kerslake to lead this review into how the GLA Group can strengthen its focus on delivering more genuinely affordable homes.”
Mr Kerslake, who also served as permanent secretary at what was formerly known as the Department for Communities and Local Government between 2010 and 2015, said: “London urgently needs more genuinely affordable homes and I am delighted to be asked to lead this review into how the GLA’s own arrangements might be streamlined and strengthened.”
In March, Mr Khan set a “strategic” target for half of all new homes built in the capital to be “genuinely affordable” in his long-awaited London Plan.