Update on the London Plan

On the 29 January 2021, Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, confirmed that he would allow the Mayor of London to publish his London Plan with no further changes being made. This was more than four years after the first draft of the planning guidance for the capital was first published. It is currently anticipated that the Plan will be formally published by the end of March 2021.

The London Plan sets out an integrated economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London over the next 20-25 years. The focus of the new London Plan is on “Good Growth” that is growth which is socially and economically inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

There are six main objectives of Good Growth:

Building strong and inclusive communities

  • Making the best use of land
  • Creating a healthy city
  • Delivering the homes Londoners need
  • Growing a good economy
  • Increasing efficiency and resilience

The Plan also responds to a number of key manifesto commitments made by the Mayor including:

  • Making London a zero-carbon city by 2050.
  • A long-term target to achieve 50% all of new dwellings as affordable homes
  • Supporting a modal shift so that 80% of journeys are by walking, cycling or public transport by 2041
  • Protecting London’s Green Belt

Other significant themes are the identification of Opportunity Areas where the most significant changes will occur and focusing development on transport hubs and on small sites in Outer London. Key priorities going forward will include ensuring sufficient levels of well-designed and affordable housing and refocussing our high streets and commercial areas.

If you have any queries regarding the London Plan or specific policies please contact Frances Young, Director of our London Office.

John HelyarUpdate on the London Plan