A CITY FOR ALL LONDONERS – OUR RESPONSE

12.12.16

Here at U+I, we welcome the consultation on A City for All Londoners and the Mayor’s willingness to shake things up and to refine London’s planning system as a means of delivering the homes, jobs and places that the city needs.

U+I is active across London and at the forefront of delivering high quality new environments and creative responses that meet both existing and emerging needs. We regularly deliver public private partnership projects, with London Boroughs, TfL and even the London Fire Brigade. We build solid relationships with our partners and enjoy creating great places that work for everyone.

We have pulled together our feedback on the Mayor’s plans, and the full document can be found here

Part of our response includes a review of planning policy and we have also put forward six key recommendations which we believe would address some of the key issues affecting the Mayor’s direction of travel.

ONE: ENABLE MIXED-USE

Local Authorities should be directed to encourage productivity on SIL designated assets of employment with mixed use developments where exemplary solutions like The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes can deliver more of the outcomes needed by London.

TWO: VALUE HERITAGE

Heritage is essential to creating a sense of place. The London Plan should recognise this and provide greater weight to the adoption of historical reference and heritage assets. Greater emphasis should be placed on the value of our heritage assets and local historical context by inspiring future generations to enjoy the richness of our Capital as a City of Villages, each with its fine grain.

THREE: ENCOURAGE PUBLIC PRIVATE COLLABORATION

The Mayor should encourage greater innovative collaboration between public and private sectors to create extraordinary examples of best practice in place making and regeneration.

FOUR: RETHINK PTAL

PTAL is a crude instrument determining the density and development potential and a review of this approach is necessary. U+I suggests that a bias towards high density, midrise is far more appropriate than tall buildings.

FIVE: REVIEW BROWNFIELD POTENTIAL IN THE GREEN BELT

All that is Green might not be so. The London Plan should instigate a full review of the potential across London for development of brownfield sites within greenbelt and MOL as an urgent response to the housing crisis. U+I would be willing to challenge the blanket assumption that all designated green belt is sacrosanct.

SIX: ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Where apartments are for rental in perpetuity, to be designed to exacting standards, the London Plan should encourage the development of smaller homes in a central location.  We look forward to continuing a good relationship with the GLA and to engaging on the preparation and adoption of relevant planning policies to make easier the delivery which London needs and to which we are committed.

The imminent review offers the opportunity for the London Mayor to restructure and update planning policies in a changing and more challenging environment and we urge him to do so effectively. 

We’ll be around to deliver real places for a long time and welcome an open dialogue as appropriate to help tackle London’s development needs, now and in the future.