London Plan to Tackle Housing Crisis
Posted on: 11/03/2015

Deputy Mayor of London for planning Sir Edward Lister has argued the importance for the new London Plan which details the need for the construction of almost 50,000 new homes to be built in England’s capital each of the next twenty years.

Speaking to NCE at the MIPIM international property fair in Cannes earlier this year 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 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 London Plan sets the target- 49,000 new homes per year. And the plan identifies where 42,000 of them could be. That is double the current production rate and it is absolutely key that we do that.”

This is a substantial construction challenge and offers an excellent opportunity to all contractors, consultancies and architects alike to get involved in these housing projects and help to solve London’s housing crisis which has been hanging over the capital for many years now.

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