Mayor of London sets out development framework for UK capital (UK)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has published his draft review of the London Plan, his blueprint for development across the capital over the next 20 years. The review includes a list of 28 brownfield sites where Johnson wants to see substantial residential development. Each of the brownfield sites, which include Waterloo, Victoria and Greenwich, are earmarked for a further 2,500 homes and 5,000 jobs.

The proposals also confirm the mayor's ongoing investigation into tall buildings in London which will identify "appropriate" locations, and re-establish protected views.

The Plan also says it will make sure that transport and planning policies are "better coordinated" so that Londoners have a range of transport choices.

Johnson said: "I am confident that our review of the London Plan lays a solid foundation to improving the quality of life for Londoners, and ensures our capital remains a world class city that is the envy of the world."

The report said the London Plan needs to "take care over its buildings and streets, having the best of modern architecture while also making the most of London's built heritage and makes the most of its wealth of open and green spaces, realising its potential for improving Londoners' health, welfare and development."

Other objectives include making London internationally competitive, able to meet the challenges of economic and population growth, diverse, safe and a world leader in sustainability

Hugh Bullock, head of planning and senior partner of Gerald Eve whose clients include 40% of the FTSE 100, said: "A new plan for London provides the supportive strategic policy framework required to strengthen London's world class city status.

"In particular cross-cutting thematic policies will enable the implementation of the priority objectives of (1) fostering economic prosperity and recovery across all commercial sectors (2) delivery of quality new private and affordable homes across Inner and Outer London (3) responding positively to the challenges of climate change and (4) securing strategic transport infrastructure and funding including Crossrail although concern surrounding the Crossrail levy remains."

Source: Brown Lloyd James Financial

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