Planning for population growth-what are London's infrastructure plans?

14 October 2016
  • Demand on energy supplies in the capital is set to increase by 20 per cent.[2]
  • Thames Water projects demand for water will exceed supply by 10 per cent by 2025, rising to 21 per cent in 2040.[3]
  • London’s growth will require infrastructure investment of around £1.3 trillion from now until 2050.

London faces a number of complex infrastructure challenges arising from population growth – yet 60 per cent of London’s current infrastructure assets sit in private hands[4]. Are those private companies only planning and working to their own business needs and how far ahead are they looking? Some utility companies also only forecast three years ahead.

What infrastructure does London need, for example in energy, water and broadband, in the medium-long term (2020-30) to meet demand?

The previous Mayor made a commitment to ensure London’s long term infrastructure needs are met with the London Infrastructure Plan 2050. What has happened to this plan? Will Mayor Sadiq Khan provide a co-ordinated approach, which ensures London has the right infrastructure for continued success?

The London Assembly Planning Committee will discuss London’s infrastructure challenge. The following guests will be questioned:

  • Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills
  • Jason Prior, Chief Executive of Building and Places, AECOM
  • Robert Hunt, Chief Corporate Officer and External Affairs Director, Veolia
  • Graham King, Head of Strategic Transport. Planning and Public Realm, City of Westminster
  • Jeremy Skinner, Senior Manager - Growth & Enterprise, Greater London Authority (GLA)
  • Bob Collington, Managing Director, Thames Water

The meeting will take place on Monday, 17 October from 10:00am in The Chamber at 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.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the discussion using #AssemblyPlanning and #LDNInfrastructure.

Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers
  2. London Infrastructure Plan 2050, July 2014
  3. Ibid.
  4. The Armitt Review: An independent review of long term infrastructure planning, November 2013
  5. Tony Devenish AM, Chairman of the Planning Committee is available for interview – please see contact details below.
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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