Housing in London has been a problem for a long time. It often seems that no matter what the government and local authorities do to alleviate the shortage, they simply cannot keep up with the ever-increasing demand for housing.
The rental market has been extremely competitive of late, with rising rental costs driven by rising mortgage payments for homeowners due to higher interest rates forcing many renters to seek lower alternatives. affordable.
With so many renters searching for properties, spaces are selling out as soon as they hit the market, leaving many renters nearing the end of their leases facing potential homelessness.
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In fact, many London boroughs of the capital have become construction sites as more and more skyscrapers aim to provide available space for Londoners to settle.
Still, many people on waiting lists who desperately need housing are offered no choice but to move to public housing outside of London.
Based on data collected between 2021 and 2022, some London boroughs are clearly doing much more than others to ensure more housing is provided for London residents.
According to the data, the London borough of Tower Hamlets is doing far more than others, with 2,470 new homes built in the reported period. Southwark and Newham came in second and third respectively, with 1,390 and 1,320 new homes built.
Croydon, Wandsworth, Ealing, Greenwich and Haringey also outperformed other London boroughs, while London’s most economically prosperous boroughs were near the bottom of the table.
Richmond-upon-Thames was found to have only completed 20 new homes in 2021-2022. Camden, Kensington and Chelsea came in second with just 40 new homes completed each. Islington, another affluent district, only completed 80 new houses in that period.
Lambeth was fifth from bottom with 90 new homes, while Kingston-upon-Thames was sixth from bottom with 110. Meanwhile, Westminster, home to some of the capital’s highest earners, was also overtaken by the most districts with only 220 new houses completed.
Looking at the data for how many new houses were completed per resident, Tower Hamlets again topped the chart, with one new house for every 126 residents. Southwark came in second, with 220 residents for every new home built.
Newham, Merton and Wandsworth also did comparatively well in that regard, while Richmond-upon-Thames again fared the worst, with just one new home for every 9,762 residents. Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth and Islington also performed poorly here.
However, the data only measures how many houses were completed between 2021 and 2022. It does not consider how many new houses were started or how many new houses were planned.
Here’s the full list of how many new houses were completed in each London borough between 2021 and 2022, and how many new houses were built per resident.
New housing per inhabitant
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