Planning Committee

London is already eight times the size in population of the UK's second city Birmingham. Yet in the next 10 years the capital is expected to grow again by the size of Birmingham's one million population. How can this be done in terms of housing, facilities, green space and quality of life? The Planning Committee examines the Mayor's blueprint called the London Plan which is designed to answer these questions.

Watch how tall buildings can alter the face of London

As part of its investigation into the Mayor’s Draft London Plan, the Planning Committee will examine the growth in the number of planned tall buildings in the capital and their residential use.

London Plan - Examination in Public

The Mayor's draft London Plan must be considered by a formal Examination in Public, or EiP, at City Hall. This is led by independent inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State.

The EiP will run for 11 weeks to May 17 and the inspectors will take representations on subject areas - known as 'Matters' - from participants including local authorities and interested parties. The London Assembly will be represented by the Planning Committee and has been selected to make submissions on 53 Matters.

Below, in a rolling monthly schedule, we will outline when the London Assembly Planning Committee will be making its representations to Inspectors.

Find out more about the structure and purpose of the EiP here.

The draft New London Plan can be found here.

8 & 11 February - Housing Supply and Targets

Housing Supply and Targets - two days

  • Are the overall 10 year housing target for London and the target for the individual Boroughs and Corporations set out in Policy H1 A and in Table 4.1 justified and deliverable?
  • This session is live on the webcast
Wednesday, 13 February - Small Sites

Small Sites and Small Housing Developments - all day

  • Are the presumptions in favour of small housing developments of between 1 and 25 homes in Policy H2 and the targets in Table 4.2 justified and deliverable and will the policy be effective?

 

Tuesday, 26 February - Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing - all day

  • Would policies H5 to H8 provide a justified and effective approach to delivering affordable housing to meet the good growth objectives set out in Policy GG4? Overall, would they provide an effective strategic framework for the preparation of local plans and neighbourhood plans in relation to affordable housing?
Wednesday, 27 February - Housing Quality

Housing Quality and Standards - morning

  • Would Policy D4 provide a justified and effective strategic framework for delivering quality housing?
  • Would Policy D5 provide a justified and effective strategic framework for delivering accessible housing?
  • Are the requirements for accessible bedrooms in visitor accommodation set out in Policy E10G justified, and do they relate to a matter which is of strategic importance to London?
Wednesday, 27 February - Built To Rent

Build To Rent - afternoon 

  • M29. Would Policy H13 provide a justified and effective approach to build to rent housing to meet housing need?

Supported and Specialised Housing

  • M30. Would Policy H14 provide a justified and effective approach to the delivery, retention and refurbishment of supported and specialised housing? In particular, would it meet the objective of Policy GG4 to delivering the homes Londoners need?

Specialist Older Persons Housing

  • Would Policy H15 provide a justified and effective approach to meeting the housing needs of older people in London?

Student Accommodation

  • Would Policy H17 provide a justified and effective approach to the provision of purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) in London?

Large Scale Shared Living Development

  • Would Policy H18 provide a justified and effective approach to the delivery of large scale purpose built shared living accommodation in London?
Friday, 1 March - Meanwhile Us as Housing

Meanwhile Use as Housing - all day

  • Would Policy H4 provide a justified and effective approach to encouraging meanwhile uses of sites for housing?

Vacant Building Credit

  • Would Policy H9 be consistent with national policy? Is the approach taken justified?

Redevelopment of Housing and Estate Regeneration

  • Would Policy H10 provide a justified and effective approach to the redevelopment of existing housing and estate regeneration? In particular, would the approach to affordable housing be justified? In light of Policy H5, would the requirements be clear? In the context of local need and objectives for redevelopment or estate renewal, would it be effective? What is the justification for provision of affordable housing floorspace rather than units? Would it provide sufficient flexibility to reflect local circumstances and support housing and estate regeneration? Overall, would the approach taken meet the objective of Policy GG4 in delivering the homes Londoners need?

Ensuring the Best Use of Housing Stock

  • Would Policy H11 provide a justified and effective approach to ensuring the best use of housing stock?

Housing Size Mix

  • Would Policy H12 provide a justified and effective approach to achieving the dwelling size mix to meet London wide and local needs

 

Tuesday, 5 March - Design and Density

Design - morning

Good Design

  • Would policies D1 and D2 provide a justified and effective approach to delivering good design?

Inclusive Design

  • Would Policy D3 provide a justified and effective strategic framework for delivering inclusive design?

Density - afternoon 

  • Would Policy D6 on optimising density be effective in achieving the intentions in Policy GG2 on making the best use of land and is the policy approach justified especially bearing in mind the cumulative impact on the environment and infrastructure?
Friday, 8 March - Heritage and Culture

Heritage and Culture - all day

Conserving and Enhancing the Historic Environment

  • Would Policy HC1 provide an effective and justified approach to conserving and enhancing the historic environment?

World Heritage Sites

  • Would Policy HC2 provide an effective and justified approach to the conservation, promotion, active protection and interpretation of the outstanding universal value (OUV) of world heritage sites (WHS)?

Strategic and Local Views

  • Would policies HC3 and HC4 provide an effective and justified approach to protect and enhance the composition and character of strategic views and their landmark elements in London?

Culture and Creative Industries - afternoon

  • Would Policy HC5 provide an effective and justified approach to supporting the continued growth and evolution of London’s cultural facilities and creative industries?

Night Time Economy

  • Would Policy HC6 provide an effective and justified approach to support the growth and diversification of London’s night time economy (NTE)?

Public Houses

  • Would Policy HC7 address detailed issues that would be more appropriately dealt with in local plans and neighbourhood plans? Would it provide an effective and justified strategic framework for the preparation of local plans and neighbourhood plans in relation to the protection of existing public houses and support for new public houses?
Monday, 18 March - Commercial

Central Activities Zone, Offices, Industry and Freight - morning

Central Activities Zone including Isle of Dogs (north) (“CAZ”)

  • Would policies SD4 and SD5 be effective in ensuring an appropriate mix of housing, offices and other development in different parts of, and outside, the CAZ ?

Land for Industry, Logistics and Services to Support London’s Economic Function

  • Are policies E4, E5, E6 and E7 consistent with national policy and would they be effective in helping to ensure that sufficient suitable land and premises are available to meet the quantitative and qualitative needs for all foreseeable types of industrial activity over the plan period?
Wednesday, 20 March - Business Space

Low Cost and Affordable Business Space - morning

  • Are policies E2 and E3 justified and would they be effective?

Visitor Infrastructure - afternoon

  • Is Policy E10 justified and consistent with national policy and would it be effective in ensuring that the need for accommodation and other infrastructure for visitors can be met in appropriate locations?
Wednesday, 27 March - Environment

Green Infrastructure and Natural Environment - afternoon

Biodiversity, trees, food growing and geodiversity

  • Would Policies G6-G9 assist in creating a healthy city in accordance with Policy GG3 and will they provide an effective strategic context for the preparation of local plans and neighbourhood plans? Are the individual policies and detailed criteria justified and necessary and would they provide an effective basis for development management?

Grenfell must never happen again | Sprinklers as the next step in fire safety

Recent work

Housing in Outer London, 19 October 2018

The new London Plan is anticipating a steep increase in new homes to be created in outer London. However, some suburban boroughs are concerned they will not be able to deliver at the levels proposed. They claim that more intensive development will be at the expense of large family housing and local character. 

Watch the meeting here

Recent actions

In the news

  • All homes should be fitted with sprinklers to save lives, says Grenfell Tower fire safety report - The Independent

  • Bridging the gap: Mayor Sadiq Khan urged to consider prefab homes to help ease London's housing shortage - Evening Standard 

Video: Offsite manufactured homes

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