Approach to the London Plan – London First commentJuly 9, 2008
Judith Salomon, Director of Planning and Development at business organisation London First, responded to the Mayor’s proposals for the London Plan. She said:
“In the weakening market, we must ensure that delivery is maximised – London and Londoners still need more homes and commercial development to support economic and population growth. More than ever, policy needs to be flexible and realistic: focusing on delivery, not on rafts of requirements and maximising planning gain.
“We welcome removing the 50% affordable housing target – it is right that the emphasis is on increasing the delivery of ALL housing.
“A return to Parker Morris space standards is a worthy aspiration – who wouldn’t prefer larger homes? But space comes at a cost: larger homes cost more. The Mayor must balance this and other requirements with his desire to ensure housing is affordable.
“Returning to the narrow strategic views could be counter-productive: we must balance conserving the past with safeguarding our economic future.”
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