Greater London National Park City Initiative

Wednesday 3 June 2015, 10:00am

Motion detail

This Assembly celebrates the huge natural diversity in London, a city that more than 8 million people share with over 13,000 other species. We believe that millions of Londoners share our commitment to nurturing and enhancing our natural wonders, from London’s small urban gardens to its national nature reserves.

This Assembly therefore welcomes the Greater London National Park City initiative, which aims to ‘inspire us to create a more liveable, fair and healthy London’. The proposed organisation would bring together public, private and third sector organisations to enhance our natural and cultural heritage, encourage a better understanding and enjoyment of the city, foster wellbeing and inspire others to share these purposes.

This Assembly notes that, despite the ambitious proposals for the Park, it would be unlike other UK National Parks, and would not control development or prepare local planning policies. These powers would remain with the Greater London Authority, the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation.

We therefore call on the Mayor to support the organisation in developing its vision, in particular by setting out how the Greater London Authority and the wider GLA Group could contribute towards its aims.