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Khan outlines proposals for higher density capital

Published: Thursday, 27th October 2016

London Mayor outlines the capital’s development strategy in ‘A City for All Londoners’, highlighting higher density development in areas where new transport links are set to open…

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has fleshed out his election manifesto with a document now out for consultation which sets out his thinking on the capital’s development strategy which will eventually feed into a new London Plan. Higher density development and better protection for the city’s cultural and night-life economy were highlighted.

He has stressed he want to see more development in town centres. “Intensifying development around well-connected transport modes will form an important part of my vision for the city and I will explore the potential of areas around a number of stations as location for significant and much higher-density housing development.”

He added: “Looking further ahead, I will plan housing developments in areas where new transport links are going to open in the future, 10,800 homes at Barking Riverside thanks to the Overground extension, 25,000 homes in South East London because of the Bakerloo Line extension and, if my ambitions for Crossrail 2 are fulfilled, I will work with partners to bring forward very significant amounts of housing along a spine from the north east to the south west of the city”.

The document stressed that Khan wants to identify land in the capital to build at least 50,000 homes each year between now and 2041. He claimed this could be done while still protecting the green belt he said he would “work towards a London-wide target of 50 per cent of new homes to be affordable”. I will continue to accelerate development of different kinds in over 40 Opportunity Areas and in many more Intensification Areas and I will identify new areas in the city to accommodate more housing”.

Khan has made it clear that while he wants to contain most growth within London “I also want to agree joint infrastructure investment corridors (where infrastructure is planned to open up housing and other development) that stretch out beyond London’s borders.”

He has also promised to produce what he claims would be the world’s first cultural infrastructure plan “giving an overview of all the city’s cultural requirements to inform spatial and transport planning up to 2030, not just in central London but across the city.

Khan will use the London Plan to protect creative workspace, heritage and the night-time economy. “I will explore the potential for new policies in the London Plan that would mean developers would bear the costs for soundproofing new homes, relieving pressure on the existing venues in an area, the ‘agent-of-change’ principle”. Supplementary planning guidance is promised “in the coming months”.

Read ‘A City for All Londoners’

Roger Milne