Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

So you are reluctant to make any major changes then following the Government's recommendations.

Answer

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Draft London Plan Panel Report (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Anything we can do to discourage unnecessary journeys, we will. We anticipate something like half a million jobs coming to London in finance and business services over the next decade. They will primarily be concentrated around the centre. We are working with the boroughs and the sub-regional partnerships to try and ensure that as many jobs as possible go to the suburban centres. There is an initiative in Redbridge in terms of getting 5,000 new homes at Ilford town centre. If that becomes a pattern repeated around the boroughs, I think that it would help to moderate that.

We identify, after finance and business services, the second largest growth area of jobs in what we call `personally-orientated services', which can be provided in existing town centres. I welcome the fact that what we may be seeing is a shift of people to shop more locally rather than always coming in to Central London, which presents problems as we saw with John Lewis.

When you look at the pattern of new retail provision coming into Elephant and Castle, in Stratford, at Canary Wharf, what is going to happen at White City, and the doubling in size of Brent Cross, I think we are facing a major shift there as people will not come in to Oxford Circus and Regent Street, they will go more local. That is a good thing although it will mean some painful readjustment for retail in the central business area.