Greenbelt or Brownfield? Where will all the Londoners go?

21 January 2015

This meeting took place on 22 January 2015. Read the transcript here.

London’s previous population peak was in 1939. This month, the capital surpassed that peak.

According to GLA projections, this trend is set to continue, with our population projected to reach 10 million by 2036.

Worryingly, whilst the capital’s population is growing, our land mass is not. This will create real pressure to build on the greenbelt – but when it’s gone, it is gone forever.

How can we make the greenbelt as relevant for the 2040s as it was for the 1940s? Are there innovative ways of slashing the high costs of bringing brownfield sites back to life? And what about creative ways to make the most of under-developed land?

The London Assembly’s Planning Committee will tomorrow question the following guests on how we provide enough homes, transport and services for London’s residents:

Jonathan Manns, Director of Planning, Colliers International

Catriona Riddell, Director, Catriona Riddell Associates

Paul Miner, Senior Planner, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England

Marcel Steward, Venus Group (Environmental Risk & Insurance Consultant)

Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities

Noel Farrer, President, Landscape Institute

Alison Young, Chief Planning & Regeneration Officer, LB Redbridge

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 22 January from 10.00am in Committee Room 5 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.


Notes for Editors:

1. Full Agenda papers

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.

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