James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, will deliver a keynote address at the WhatHouse? New Homes Debate on 20 September.
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The Deputy Mayor will conclude the high profile debate by outlining Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s vision for the future of housebuilding in London, and take questions from the audience of senior housebuilders about the challenges ahead.
Murray stepped into the spotlight as the man in charge of tackling the housing crisis in 2016, when he joined the Mayor’s Office. Murray came from Islington Council, where he held the position of Executive Member for Housing & Development for six years.
During Murray’s time in Islington, the borough was one of the top building local authorities in the country. He oversaw the introduction of planning policies to raise the proportion of affordable homes in new developments, including a new standard for viability assessments.
Sadiq Khan had declared the mayoral race a ‘referendum on housing’, setting high expectations for Murray’s role in delivering urgently needed new homes.
Murray is focusing on bringing together a broad alliance – including councils, housing associations, developers and businesses – to support plans to build more new and affordable homes in London. He is advising the Mayor on planning policy, particularly helping to develop and implement new approaches to housing.
The Debate, which will take place at the Emirates stadium in North London on Tuesday 20 September, will identify practical solutions to help policymakers and decision-makers provide housing for London 2020 and beyond.
William Hague, former Leader of the Conservative Party, Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons, will be chairing the panels.
Other confirmed speakers include Tony Pidgley, chairman of Berkeley Group and president of the LCCI; Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of LCCI; Graeme Craig, commercial development director at Transport For London; James Lidgate, director of housing at Legal & General Capital; and Howard Dawber, managing director, strategy at Canary Wharf Group.