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Friday, 8 January 2016

Zac Goldsmith puts affordable housing at the top of his agenda in the race for #LondonMayor

The Conservative MP for Richmond Park told Jackie News before he was in the running for London Mayor, that housing was one of the biggest issues facing young Londoners.

He says that if he is elected Mayor in May, he will fight to ensure more houses, that are truly affordable, are built in the capital.

Housing is one of the biggest problems for people trying to get on the property ladder in SW London, where the average house price for a terraced property is over £800,000 according to Rightmove. The average semi can fetch over £1 million.

Mr Goldsmith dismisses some views that there is no land upon which to build. He says there is lots of "brownfield" land and land owned by the likes of Transport for London, which is not being used, that could be turned into housing.

Current Mayor Boris Johnson is undertaking a campaign to bring more empty homes on to the market, and both Mr Johnson and Mr Goldsmith are trying to get a "London first" bias introduced so that overseas buyers cannot buy up large amounts of property in the Capital ahead of native Londoners.

Mr Goldsmith joined the Prime Minister at Barking Riverside on Monday, at a site which is set to see 10,800 homes built, which will also benefit from a proposed extension to the current London Overground line from Gospel Oak to Barking.

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