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26/02/2016

RTPI London sets out priorities for the next mayor

Words: Laura Edgar

RTPI London is calling on the next mayor to increase the supply of affordable housing and tackle air pollution and congestion.

The manifesto, Planning Priorities For The Next Mayor Of London, was compiled following a consultation exercise that involved round table discussions across the capital, the South-East, and the East of England – as well as the findings of a survey of RTPI London members.

Boosting energy resilience, increasing cooperation on strategic issues across the South-East, and providing vital new infrastructure all feature in the manifesto.

Andrew Dorrian, chair of RTPI London, said the programme is an ambitious one for the future of the capital, and one that RTPI London believes the planning profession can make a major contribution to.

“The role of the next mayor, their agencies and properly resourced local planning authorities, will continue to be critical in tackling some of the major challenges the city faces, such as population growth, housing supply and affordability, transport capacity, air quality and resilience to climate change,” said Dorrian.

He said the mayor should focus on supporting the public sector to play a larger role in delivering housing, including affordable homes for social rent and shared ownership.

Dorrian suggested lobbying central government to raise the borrowing cap for local authorities, supporting land assembly and remediation. He also recommended offering central technical assistance to make sure that land assets are used in a way that benefits local communities and generates long-term revenue streams”.

The manifesto sets out nine priorities.

  1. Increase the supply of “genuinely affordable” housing across a range of tenures.

  2. Empower local authorities and other public bodies to help solve London’s housing crisis.

  3. Deliver infrastructure that stimulates and accommodates sustainable growth.

  4. Tackle air pollution and congestion by investing in low-emission transport.

  5. Demonstrate leadership on climate change.

  6. Boost resilience by reducing London’s energy demand and planning for new low-carbon infrastructure.

  7. Adopt a more integrated approach to the delivery of green infrastructure and integrate health in planning decision-making.

  8. Enable the continued development of a vibrant and successful London economy.

  9. Increase cooperation on key strategic issues across the wider South-East.

The manifesto can be found here (pdf).

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