Lower ceilings & more car parks in London’s new housing developments

15 June 2015

This meeting took place on 16 June 2015. Read the transcript for the first section here and the second section here

The Mayor is making changes to his blueprint for London, the “London Plan”, to reflect government guidelines.

The changes would alter the rules regarding the size of new homes – allowing developers to build smaller homes with lower ceilings. There would also be changes to requirements for accessibility, with developers no longer having to make private developments accessible for wheelchair users.

There are also changes proposed to residential car parking standards, with a new policy encouraging boroughs to promote more parking at developments with low transport accessibility in outer London. How much car parking space should be available in the new developments of Outer London? Will more parking affect the demand for public transport - and so undermine the case for public transport investment and improvements in Outer London?

The London Assembly Planning Committee will tomorrow explore these issues.

The first part of the meeting will focus on parking with the following guests:

John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, London Plan Team, Greater London Authority (GLA)

Peter Heath, Senior Planner, London Plan Team, GLA

Peter Wright, Transport for London (TfL)

Michael Bach, London Forum of Civic and Amenity Societies

William McKee, Chair, Outer London Commission

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport

The second part of the meeting will look at housing design changes with the following:

John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, London Plan Team, GLA

Jennifer Peters, Senior Strategic Planner, London Plan Team, GLA

Celeste Guisti, Senior Strategic Planner, London Plan Team, GLA

The meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 16 June from 10am 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 for Editors:

The agenda and committee papers are available here.

Nicky Gavron AM, Chair of the Planning Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.

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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