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London Society inaugurates APPG for London’s Planning and Built Environment

Words: Laura Edgar

An All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London’s Planning and Built Environment has been established.

Inaugurated this week, with The London Society acting as Secretariat, the group intends to bring together member of both Houses of Parliament (Lords and Commons) to provide a cross-party forum for consideration of planning and development in London.

Its aim is to provide a forum for discussion of London in its current and future form. This will include issues such as greenbelt and brownfield land, housing need and demand, and connectivity such as airports. In particular, the APPG is looking to explore the impacts of the forthcoming Housing Bill on London alongside more general questions of how equity and fairness can be improved across the city.

At the launch, Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton Rupa Huq, was elected as the group’s chair and Paul Scully, Conservative MP for Sutton and Cheam, as vice-chair. Rt Rev Richard Charles, Bishop of London, will act as Lords Liaison, with Helen Hayes, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, taking on the role of treasurer.

Jonathan Manns, trustee of the London Society, director at Colliers International and convenor of the APPG alongside Ellie Naismith of Local Dialogue, said: “The London Society believes that the issues it seeks to address affect everybody and should be given a coherent voice. It’s therefore the logical organisation to bring together London’s MP’s to discuss and debate the future of the capital."

He continued: “The Society has been working hard since 2014 to explore the potential for an All Party Parliamentary Group for London’s Planning and Built Environment that gives London MPs from all parties the opportunity to impartially discuss the things that really matter and help shape a better city.

“The establishment of this group is an important step to helping develop a coherent political voice on key issues affecting London.”