A crowd in London

Coping with 20 per cent growth in 20 years

09 March 2016

This meeting took place on 10 March 2016. Read the transcript here.

In the next two decades the city-region of London and the Wider South East (WSE) is likely to see a 20 per cent growth in population; including a 27 per cent growth in households and 17 per cent more jobs.

The growth means there will be substantial impacts on employment, skills, housing markets and patterns of commuting.  The absence of Regional Spatial Strategies outside London or any Inter-Regional Forum means co-ordinating this growth amongst 156 local authorities will be a significant challenge.

How can the Mayor co-ordinate this growth?  What does the wider region think about housing London’s growing population?  What are the implications for the new Mayor’s London Plan?

The London Assembly Planning Committee will explore these issues tomorrow, hearing from the following guests:

  • Heather Bolton, Director, South East England Councils;
  • John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA;
  • William McKee, CBE, Chair of the Outer London Commission;
  • Jörn Peters, Senior Strategic Planner, London Plan, GLA; and
  • Martin Simmons, Regional Planning Advisor.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, Thursday 10 March from 10:00am in Committee Room 5, City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.  The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers here.
  2. Nicky Gavron AM, Chair of the Planning Committee, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Ben Walker on 020 7983 5769.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.