Planning for London stakeholder events

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We are running stakeholder events and want to hear your views!

Throughout 2023 held events so people can share their views about London, how to tackle its challenges and what a future London Plan might include.

Watch the videos below from the first two events.

Infrastructure, design, climate change and the environment (26 June 2023)

Housing and the economy (13 July 2023)


How can I be involved?

These events have now concluded and we thank everyone who participated and shared their ideas with us.

The Ideas Boards, which mirror the events can be found on the tab below. These will remain open until the end of 2023. All of the discussion guides can be found on this page under "Look here for information used at events!".

Past events

Elizabeth Line (East branch) Wednesday 20 December 10am to 12pm

Infrastructure and Utilities challenges and opportunities Monday 18 December 2pm to 4pm

Affordable Housing Monday 18 December 2023 10.00am to 12pm

Specialist housing and market innovation Thursday 14th December 10am to 12pm

Building heights and tall buildings Wednesday 6 December 2023 9.15am to 11.30am

West London Orbital Wednesday 6 December 1pm to 3pm

Business Improvement Districts (invitation only) 5 December 2023 12pm to 1pm

Small sites Friday 1 December 10am to 12pm

Upper Lea Valley Wednesday 29 November 10am to 12pm

Climate Change Tuesday 28 November 10am to 4pm

Inclusive Design Monday 27 November 2023 10am to 12pm

Bakerloo Line Extension Friday 24 November 9.30am to 11.30am

London Plan - Components of a Spatial Strategy Friday 24 November 2023 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thames Estuary Friday 17 November 2pm to 4pm

Industrial Land Friday 17 November 10am to 12pm

Class E (Commercial, Business and Service Uses) and Affordable Workspace Wednesday 8 November 2023

Housing and the economy 13 July 2023

Infrastructure, design, climate change and the environment 26 June 2023

We are running stakeholder events and want to hear your views!

Throughout 2023 held events so people can share their views about London, how to tackle its challenges and what a future London Plan might include.

Watch the videos below from the first two events.

Infrastructure, design, climate change and the environment (26 June 2023)

Housing and the economy (13 July 2023)


How can I be involved?

These events have now concluded and we thank everyone who participated and shared their ideas with us.

The Ideas Boards, which mirror the events can be found on the tab below. These will remain open until the end of 2023. All of the discussion guides can be found on this page under "Look here for information used at events!".

Past events

Elizabeth Line (East branch) Wednesday 20 December 10am to 12pm

Infrastructure and Utilities challenges and opportunities Monday 18 December 2pm to 4pm

Affordable Housing Monday 18 December 2023 10.00am to 12pm

Specialist housing and market innovation Thursday 14th December 10am to 12pm

Building heights and tall buildings Wednesday 6 December 2023 9.15am to 11.30am

West London Orbital Wednesday 6 December 1pm to 3pm

Business Improvement Districts (invitation only) 5 December 2023 12pm to 1pm

Small sites Friday 1 December 10am to 12pm

Upper Lea Valley Wednesday 29 November 10am to 12pm

Climate Change Tuesday 28 November 10am to 4pm

Inclusive Design Monday 27 November 2023 10am to 12pm

Bakerloo Line Extension Friday 24 November 9.30am to 11.30am

London Plan - Components of a Spatial Strategy Friday 24 November 2023 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thames Estuary Friday 17 November 2pm to 4pm

Industrial Land Friday 17 November 10am to 12pm

Class E (Commercial, Business and Service Uses) and Affordable Workspace Wednesday 8 November 2023

Housing and the economy 13 July 2023

Infrastructure, design, climate change and the environment 26 June 2023

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    General

    • What is currently working for biodiversity and nature conservation? 
    • What do you think LNRS and BNG in London, will achieve?
    • How will this differ from what we can do now/what additional outcomes will result?
    • What should we prioritise for Nature Recovery in London?
    •  How do we reflect requirements around Local Nature Recovery Strategies in the London Plan? (including spatially)?
    •  How do we approach BNG (and any targets for development) in London (in the context of national mandatory BNG)?
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    • What should our priorities be around green infrastructure policy? What, if anything, should we be leaving to borough level?


    • Do we need to set standards for access to open space and nature? The existing Public Open Space hierarchy sets guideline distances from homes (400m to a Local Park of at least 2 hectares etc) but it makes no consideration of population density. We could try to introduce a per capita quantum of accessible green space, but this may be difficult to adopt (Natural England has a voluntary version in its recent GI Framework). Public Open Space policy also doesn’t preference one scale of access over another, set a minimum size for pocket parks, or include any criteria re access, making it hard to compare provision across London. Is one sort of deficiency more important than another? Is there a minimum size of space worth protecting? What is reasonable for new development to contribute when there is already a deficiency? 


    • What types of changes to London’s parks, open spaces and streets do you think will be most important for us to ensure that they remain usable and of high amenity value in an increasingly volatile climate? - specifically extreme heat, flooding and drought. Is there anything specific we should be doing in relation to access for different groups of people, or around competing demands for space / possible conflict?

     

    • Urban Greening Factor policy appears to be working well in that most relevant applications achieve targets (at least at application stage, and at least among those seen by the GLA). Should we be expanding its scope (currently there’s no target for industrial uses and it only applies to majors, with boroughs given the option to set additional targets) or increasing targets? 

     

    • How can we better protect and enhance the green infrastructure functions of Green Belt and Metropolitan Open Land? Do we need to specify more about their quality, and complementary uses? Such land has several functions, is any one more important than the other?

     

    • Can anything more be done to prevent the loss of mature trees? Do current approaches appear to work as well as they could / should in your area?

     

    • We know that maintenance of green infrastructure is a huge issue and will become increasingly difficult given the impacts of climate change. Is there any more we could be doing via the London Plan to help ensure maintenance?

     

    • Is it possible to rank the importance of green infrastructure against other types of development and infrastructure?  
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    General

    What is working well, what is not working well

    How to support and measure adaptation across London?

     

    Water resources

    • London is increasingly under pressure with wetter winters and hotter drier summers which affects our supply of water. How can policies help reduce demand on water/ Increase the water reuse and rainwater harvesting delivery?
    • How do we deal with cross boundary issues?

     

    River Health / Water Quality

    • How can London plan policies help secure action so we have rivers we can swim in and drink from?

     

    Flooding – 

     

    Surface water

    • There is government guidance and planning requirements on the permeability of front gardens. Is it working, what if anything can be done to help ensure that?
    • How do we ensure non statutory London Surface Water Strategy to be published Spring 2024 is embedded in the work that local authorities are doing? Help focus on the most high risk / those most vulnerable in flood areas across London.
    • Surface water- how should London Plan policies and evidence best help delivery of SuDs and implement schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act (due for consultation in Nov 2023) and ensure its integration with Planning process.

    Tidal

    • The Thames Estuary 2100 plan was recently updated with additional specific requirements on the delivery of Riverside Strategies to be delivered by 2030 by local authorities. There are also specific requirements for 3rd party landowners as well as publicly owned properties to raise defences. How can London Plan policies best support the delivery of this updated plan and its ambitions and other tidal partnership work?


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    Managing heat risk

    5 months ago

    What is working well about the current approach in the London Plan on managing heat risk and what isn’t working so well? 

    Do we need to strengthen Policy SI 4 Managing heat risk ? How?  

    How should planning address overheating at the early stages of design, and seek to reduce intensification of the Urban Heat Island effect in the context of climate change? 

    How can we measure the impact of Policy SI 4 Managing heat risk? 

    How can planning play a part in mitigating the disproportionate impacts of extreme heat on people, especially those most at risk, and communities?  

    How can the planning system help to protect London’s ecosystems from the impacts of extreme heat? 

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    Inclusive design

    5 months ago
    • How could the London Plan evolve to promote and deliver a more inclusive and accessible future London for different equality groups?  

    • What kind of development and population trends should Inclusive Design policy seek to shape and direct?   

    • How can early engagement work and co-design processes with different equality groups usefully inform a new London Plan?  

    • Are there particular types of Inclusive Design that the London Plan should promote / support to meet the needs of different groups?
    • How can appropriate scrutiny and expertise – including Access + Inclusion Panels - relating to access, equality and inclusion issues be embedded in planning policy and development proposals of all types?
    • Case Studies – how are buildings being made accessible? Do attendees have good examples of Inclusive Design as part of co-design and engagement initiatives?
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    How effectively are we using spatial policy tools like Opportunity Areas, the Central Activities Zone, areas of regeneration, town centres, strategic infrastructure, green belt, heritage and conservation areas, Metropolitan Open Land, strategic and local industrial land and existing residential areas in managing and directing growth?

    What has happened in the last 5 years that should inform a new spatial strategy for London? 

    Which future trends should be considered and acknowledged in a future London Plan spatial strategy?

    What role should connectivity play in shaping a future London Plan spatial strategy?

    Could the London Plan spatial strategy be presented in a different way? Would some policies with a spatial aspect benefit from being connected, inter-related, or overlaid? Are there any emerging issues or trends that would benefit from a new spatial policy?

    What sort of places should we be steering growth towards?

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Page last updated: 20 Dec 2023, 09:59 AM