It’s debatable whether the London Plan was anything other than a pointless waste of taxpayers’ money, as noted in the article “Should we vote for Ken again?” (7 March, page 3).

But even if its target of 30,000 homes (and the even more unrealisable 50% affordable “requirement”) is more than just a pipe dream, why should it be “a formidable carrot for housebuilders”? Contractors and developers in PFI consortiums could do the job more effectively, but we know that Livingstone’s view of the PFI will get in the way of progress. Housebuilding levels in London have increased despite Livingstone, not because of him.

Alastair Stewart