Alterations to the London Plan are adopted

11 March 2015, Blog

The latest version of the London Plan was formally adopted by the GLA on 10 March. The first version of the plan was published in 2004, and has been several reviews since.  The most recent alterations follow a report by inspector Tony Thickett in 2014.

The most recent version of the plan sets out five key changes, based around the need for the capital to manage its growing population until 2036.

The changes include an increase of London’s annual housing target by 10,000 to 42,000 homes and a London-wide target to deliver 3,900 specialist units for older people a year until 2025.

Topically, the revised document includes a plan to help London protect its valued pubs from being lost to developments. This comes after the communities minister, Kris Hopkins announced that the government will bring forward secondary legislation to change the planning processes to make it more difficult for developers to change the usage of pubs. According to the GLA, “900 pubs closed in the capital from 2003 – 2012.”

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