London is growing. Its population is projected to increase by 70,000 every year, reaching 10.5 million in 2041. Just to keep pace with demand, at least 66,000 new homes and space for tens of thousands of new jobs are needed every year. Then, there is the additional capacity required within the transport network which is already under pressure, but needs to develop to cope with further growth
Adapting to this growth has to happen within a challenging broader context for London that carries all sorts of ramifications for the capital. Brexit, business rates, the digital revolution and security concerns are all up the political agenda. It is under difficult circumstances that the Mayor has published the New London Plan for consultation, outlining the city’s evolution to 2041.
On the 24th January, we were delighted to support a consultation event, hosted by Team London Bridge, and jointly delivered by the CRP and ATCM London. The event was chaired by Cllr Wendy Hyde of the City of London Corporation and Co-Chair of CRP. Planners within the GLA and TfL presented key elements of The London Plan before conducting an open Q&A with town centre managers, BIDs, planning officers and transport consultancies, discussing everything from delivering affordable housing to the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on the city’s transport infrastructure.
The London Plan will attempt to ensure that the city’s growth is positive, setting out six overlapping policies for ‘Good Growth’.
We learned that, alongside these six policies and the numerous housing targets for the individual London Boroughs, there were a number of key issues identified by the Mayor as being critical to London’s growth. They include:
CRP and ATCM London will continue working together to influence the future of the city. We will be consulting members on our response to the New London Plan. Further details will be circulated in due course.
To find out more about the London Plan visit: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan
To download the notes from the consultation click here.