Spatial Development Strategy (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Victor Anderson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There is a particular problem about ethnic minorities and the SDS. I have been to meetings about planning in London where we have been talking about new train and Tube lines which would go through inner-city areas where large numbers of ethnic minority people live. We are talking about the regeneration of those areas, yet often not a single black or Asian person has been in the room. We do have to pay special attention to this, because a large part of the aim of the SDS is to improve circumstances for black and Asian people in London; so surely they have to be involved in all these discussions.

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Answer for Spatial Development Strategy (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Spatial Development Strategy (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are always problems here. In 1973, when I stood for the GLC for the first time, I made the centrepiece of my campaign opposition to the GLC proposals to build a six-lane aerial motorway from one end of my constituency to the other. I found that, in middle-class areas, where people had decent housing, there was absolute uproar and the Tory vote collapsed. In the poorer, rundown areas affected, very few people were interested. They broadly took the view: "We hope you do demolish our bloody houses and put us somewhere else."

If you are unemployed or your kids are not getting a decent education, you are not immediately going to see the spatial development strategy as the top of your list of concerns. We have to try to find a way of making this more popular, because I am certain that, with imagination, we can build into the SDS an awful lot of policies which over time will transform the quality of life in a variety of ways that we have not considered possible through planning policy before.