The Bidwells planning team probed the Greater London Authority (GLA) at an RTPI London Summit panel event the day after London Mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled his draft London Plan.
Head of Planning, Paul Willmott, introduced London Planning Partner, Matt Richards, who chaired the session with the GLA’s Darren Richards; Rachel Ferguson of Metropolitan; Meeta Kaur of Town Legal; and Peter Mail of Land Securities.
Matt’s comments on the emerging plan were reported in Planning Magazine that day. He said: "It's an ambitious plan that seeks to deliver 66,000 new homes a year without allowing London boroughs to de-designate areas of green belt or provide for development on vacant and derelict sites within the green belt, arguably going beyond the National Planning Policy Framework’s green belt policies.
The ability for London boroughs to deliver this new housing will rely on a proactive and positive approach to new development, at higher densities and scale than the prevailing context in most situations.
This will be a particular challenge to the outer boroughs, who see the higher increases in their housing targets and are also the ones with green belt restrictions.
GLA presented the draft plan’s proposed policies, under which London boroughs would set housing targets for small sites and maximum density restrictions would be scrapped.
The panel considered how mayoral targets for affordable and family housing would be met while accommodating higher densities; how the housing market could be diversified to meet new housing targets; economic resilience; and infrastructure delivery as part of the discussion.
Read the article in Planning Magazine here