Infrastucture Vital to London Housing Targets
Posted on: 18/03/2015

The new London Plan has detailed the importance of infrastructure in meeting the target of 50,000 new homes between now and 2036.

Deputy Mayor of London Sir Edward Lister said: “We have to recognise that people want to live in cities. Sometime in 2007 something tipped the balance and over half of the world’s population now live in cities. In terms of population these cities are growing at a rate that they have never grown before, and that’s true of London.

“This year’s London’s population passed 8.6M, making [it] larger than it ever has been. It is now the fastest growing English region and by 2021 will have a population of nine million. By 2030 it will be 10 million and by 2050 11 million.

“This is the growth, which is why our planning policies have to be about increasing height and increasing density. It is also why we are pro-development. For us to turn down a planning application is seen as a failure to us.”

The most recent London Plan has increased the number of development areas within the city and has set the target of building 49,000 new homes each year. Lister argued that in order to accomplish this a massive focus needed to be placed upon infrastructure. “We’ve got to change the geography of London quite dramatically. We’ve got to make our town centres smaller and we have got to build over our railways” said the deputy mayor.

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