Shaping London’s Future

7 Feb 2018

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ATCM and the Cross River Partnership host joint consultation on The New London Plan

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.

 

What We Learned

 

The London Plan will attempt to ensure that the city’s growth is positive, setting out six overlapping policies for ‘Good Growth’.

 

They are:

 

  • Supporting strong and inclusive communities; 
  • Maximising land-use (through intensification, co-location and protection of the green belt)
  • Delivering affordable homes with a presumption of developing small sites in Opportunity Areas and the Town Centres Network
  • Growing a ‘good economy’ (through the protection of heritage and culture and supporting employment space)
  • Increasing efficiency and resilience 

 

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:

 

  • A coordinated approach to Article 4 Directives in the Central Activities Zone and in town centres across Inner and Outer London (such as the Northern Isle of Dogs).
  • A need for practical measures in the CAZ to reduce air pollution triggered by intensive land-use, a congested road network and construction.
  • The continuation of a Town Centres First Approach to resist damaging out-of-town development.
  • Agglomeration of uses in town centres including ENTE and cultural assets. 
  • A modal shift so 80% of all journeys are made by foot, cycling or public transport.

 

Next Steps

 

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.

 

Speakers included (from left): Ojay McDonald, Acting Chief Executive, ATCM; CRP Co-Chair Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive of Camden Town Unlimited and Euston Town; Deputy Mayor Jules Pipe; and CRP Co-Chair Councillor Wendy Hyde from the City of London Corporation.