Thames Gateway densities

MQT on 2003-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In response to Mayoral Question 1276/2003 you said that data has been collected from the Thames Gateway boroughs concerning the residential densities that have been achieved in new housing developments there since 2000, but you have not published the data because it is in a form that is "outdated" and "insufficient for the purposes of monitoring the London Plan". Will you make the data available to me in the "outdated" format in order that I may compare it directly with corresponding results from prior to 2000?



Answer for Thames Gateway densities

Answer for Thames Gateway densities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Data on densities of dwellings built up to 2001 has recently been published by ODPM. This is taken from the National Land Use Database (NLUD). Published data is for the periods 1994-97 and 1998-2001 and is in dwellings per hectare. Figures for boroughs in the Thames Gateway boroughs are as follows: 94-7 98-01Barking and Dagenham 48 42Bexley 36 35Greenwich 47 42Havering 34 39 Lewisham 59 53 Newham 41 59Tower Hamlets 88 104These compare with Inner London 65 85Outer London 41 39 ODPM guidance on acceptable minimum density nationally is 30 dwellings per hectare. There are a number of different methodologies for calculating site density and GLA officers are not in a position to validate whether the returns from local authorities on which the data is based are prepared on a consistent basis. The figures should be used with caution. However, they would appear to show an upward trend in densities in some Thames Gateway boroughs, but a fall in others, a significant increase in Inner London overall but no improvement in outer London as a whole. This published data relates to boroughs rather than the more limited Thames Gateway area, which includes only parts of specified boroughs. The GLA led London Development Database will be able to monitor densities relative to the London Plan policy on a scheme by scheme and aggregated basis once operational from 2004 and provide more reliable data, on definitions consistent with the London Plan. . .