GLA sets out difficult choices for new mayor
3 February 2016, Blog
A report released by the planning committee members of the London Assembly has recommended that the next London Mayor must consider extending expansion beyond London’s boundaries in order to meet extraordinary housing demand. The Planning Committee’s role at the GLA is to scrutinise the detail of the London plan and the Mayor’s use of planning powers.
Although the report says that development on brownfield land should be maximised, the option of looking to green belt for development should be considered as a last resort. It makes the point that the green belt should be “redefined to fit the 21st Century”.
The report also recommends “increasing the density of some parts of suburbs, regenerating estates, and building new and expanded towns outside London’s boundaries.” despite recommending increased density, it sees tall residential buildings as “not the answer to London’s real housing needs.”
The report concludes that many different options and “tough decisions” must be considered to accommodate London’s increasing population.