Design-led Development

MQT on 2013-03-20
Session date: 
March 20, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A new report from The Princes Foundation for the Built Environment argues that well designed, high quality housing developments, that engage effectively with the local community, can help us speed up the delivery of the new homes (both affordable and in the private sector) that London so desperately needs.

The Highbury Gardens development in Islington, for example, which was built to this philosophy, achieved a 20 per cent premium on the local market rate on the sales of the private housing. The quality of the development made the scheme, with less affordable housing than many developments, commercially viable.

Will you help promote this approach to house building and ensure that projects led by the GLA follow a design and community-led approach?


Answer for Design-led Development

Answer for Design-led Development

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA attaches great importance to the design of the built environment and recognises that good design is a key aspect of sustainable development. This commitment is set out in the Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance published in November 2012.

The Housing and Land directorate work hard to ensure high quality outcomes on the landholdings of the GLA and through investment in new housing supply of all tenures across the capital.