British Land has put forward a range of potential interventions for the new mayor to consider, having taken soundings among London developers and planners.
The ideas, which range from the radical to the pragmatic, come under five key calls for action, and are laid out in a report titled Meeting London’s Future Needs. Better integration of infrastructure and planning is proposed, as is an extension of the Central Activities Zone. And there should be a real effort to have a genuine public debate about the future shape of London, specifically around what its Opportunity Areas can deliver.
The report also suggests that planning should include a broader outlook, connecting with the wider south east; and to address the capital’s housing problem, there is a proposal to introduce land use zoning.
“London is changing more rapidly than at any time in its history,” said Chris Grigg, chief executive at British Land. “A rebalancing of the economy and unprecedented population growth pose a number of challenges, and we must be bold in addressing these if London is to retain its position as the world’s pre-eminent capital city.
“A universal theme of these independent discussions has been the need for collaboration; not just across the public and private sectors, but between business and the people that live and work here. We hope this report proves to be a catalyst for further discussion across all of these groups.”
“Through analysing the findings of a series of highly informed debates, we identified a remarkable consensus that London has reached a critical tipping point where bold decisions and interventions are required to create the capital’s future homes and workplaces,” said John Adams, head of planning at Deloitte Real Estate.
“The participants advocated strong and visionary spatial planning, alongside coordinated public and private investment in infrastructure. A comprehensive vision is needed to take London to its next level.”
LPA Perspective: This is another useful distillation of current thought from the development community, demonstrating the major concerns they have, and areas where they see change as most useful.
However, it joins a number of other publications with suggestions for the new mayor – when will he or she get time to read them?