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      London Local Plan Watch - Spring 2024

      16 Apr 2024 2 MINUTE READ

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      Despite the Mayor being directed by the Secretary of State to take further action on London’s housing plan, City Hall has recently announced an additional Housing Kickstart Fund and has committed significant sums to building 76,000 new homes on brownfield sites.

      The current rate of housing delivery does not meet the 2017 Housing Land Availability Assessment potential of over 460,000 homes by 2041 and there are calls for the London Plan Policies to be reviewed.

      In the lead up to both the Mayoral and General Elections, we are seeing Local Plans move along tentatively, although the number of Local authorities that have moved to consultation on an initial draft or submission draft has risen. Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, City of London, Croyden, Kensington & Chelsea, Lewisham and Merton are progressing towards a submission version or close to adoption. Bromley, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Haringey, Harrow, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Newham, Richmond upon Thames and Tower Hamlets have or are undertaking Regulation 18 or 19 consultation.

      The position is promising compared to recent years, following a slow but steady period of cabinet approvals throughout London over the Autumn/Winter period of 2023.

      Approximately half of all London Boroughs have Local Plans that were adopted in the last five years, although not all of them can demonstrate a Five-Year Housing Land Supply. Those shown in red on the accompanying graphic are early in the process of preparing new plans and may have opportunities for site submissions.

      Despite the positive movement, the sheer volume of housing required by the London Plan is having a profound impact on housing land supply figures, and the constraint of the Green Belt and the lack of larger scale strategic opportunities in the capital is impacting the ability to meet supply requirements. Local Planning Authorities are being forced to apply additional stages of public and internal engagement to meet the requirements ahead of submission.

      Five-Year Land Supply

      The impact of appeal decisions on housing land supply figures has slowed compared to 2023. With the progression of many local plans towards submission version it is hoped that allocated sites will continue to be the key delivery drivers into the second half of the decade.

      Several London Boroughs continue to sit below the five-year housing land supply requirement and have out of date Local Plans. Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lewisham, Merton, Newham and Redbridge are at risk of speculative development.

      An increase in available data, updated housing land supply positions and appeal updates have shown a reduction in the gap between housing land supply figures between boroughs, resulting in the reduction in additional opportunities for the promotion of major residential development on un-allocated sites.

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      Spring 2024

      Local Plan Watch

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      Our Local Plan Watch provides an update on the progress of the Local Plans coming forward across our region to allocate new land for development and highlights the key opportunities for landowners, promoters and developers. 

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