View from the City: Setting a vision for next two decades
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 December 2017
On Wednesday, November 29 the Mayor of London launched the London Plan at an event in Barking Riverside.
This is an important document which sets out the mayor’s vision for London’s growth and development over the next 20 years.
The London Plan creates a vision of a London that welcomes growth, celebrates its diversity and ensures that every Londoner gets the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Much of the plan relates to planning rules and one of the key aims of the mayor is to increase the availability of affordable homes across the capital.
Crucially the mayor will be doing this whilst also protecting the vital green belt and other important open spaces. Proposals are there to make London more green by 2050 and there are also plans to ensure new developments meet rigorous safety standards.
The pub trade is recommended for stronger protection with boroughs asked to back plans for new pubs in suitable locations.
It also asks London boroughs to limit the number of new hot food takeaways opening near schools. In addition to this the plan includes guidance on providing more free public restrooms, suitable for all users. It has also been made clear by the mayor that fracking has no place in London and he has made a welcome commitment to refusing any potential fracking applications.
You can read the full London Plan at london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan/draft-new-london-plan/ and it is open for consultation until Friday, March 2, 2018.