David Lunts, the Greater London Authority’s executive director of policy and partnerships, has been appointed the London director of the new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Lunts, who has advised the Mayor of London for the last three years on housing, planning and regeneration policy, will be in charge of housing and regeneration in the capital, including Boris Johnson’s target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2011.

‘I wish David all the best at the HCA which is getting its hands on a wealth of experience of London’s housing and regeneration needs,’ said Johnson.

‘Whilst he is leaving the GLA I am reassured that he will continue to work closely with us as we build a better life for Londonders and deliver thousands of new homes and regenerate some of the capital’s poorest areas which are both desperately needed.’

The HCA, a super-agency aimed at delivering the government’s housing and regeneration policy, was proposed by the secretary of state in January 2007 and granted Royal Consent at the end of July this year.