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Improving Londonís open environment

3D.10 Metropolitan Open Land

The Mayor will and boroughs should maintain the protection of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) from inappropriate development. Any alterations to the boundary of MOL should be undertaken by boroughs through the DPD process, in consultation with the Mayor and adjoining authorities. Land designated as MOL should satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • land that contributes to the physical structure of London by being clearly distinguishable from the built-up area
  • land that includes open air facilities, especially for leisure, recreation, sport, arts and cultural activities and tourism which serve the whole or significant parts of London
  • land that contains features or landscapes of historic, recreational, nature conservation or habitat interest, of value at a metropolitan or national level
  • land that forms part of a Green Chain and meets one of the above criteria.

Policies should include a presumption against inappropriate development of MOL and give the same level of protection as the green belt. Essential facilities for appropriate uses will only be acceptable where they do not have an adverse impact on the openness of MOL.


  Mayor of London