Research Findings

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What have been the main findings of the URBED research on Outer London suburbs?



Answer for Research Findings

Answer for Research Findings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Research by URBED on the Outer London suburbs is to be completed shortly. Initial findings show that whilst most of London's suburbs remain stable and successful and provide a desirable place to live for a large proportion of Londoners, suburban areas do face pressures that I believe strategic policy can have a role in addressing. Some issues are common too much of suburban London. Concerns about traffic and congestion and the desire for improved public transport access are widespread. The lack of affordable housing is as acute in parts of outer London as inner London. Greater attention is needed to the management of the public realm " particular in areas where crime levels are perceived to be rising. Local services, especially the existence of good schools, are fundamental to the attractiveness of one area over another.However, suburban London is far from uniform and some areas are showing worrying signs of decline. These areas are likely to have poor access, fewer local facilities, deteriorating shopping parades and some obsolescence amongst the housing stock. In contrast the relative accessibility of more affluent areas has tended to put pressure on land for development, push up house prices, and heighten concerns around affordability and congestion. The research draws on these findings to makes a series of policy recommendations to inform the draft London Plan around encouraging sustainable forms of development in suburban London. Strategically, we want to tap the development potential of suburban areas for more housing and link such development to environmental improvements and opportunities to create more jobs in town centres and better public transport .