Biodiverse brownfield

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will your new Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment take account of the value of brownfield sites in terms of biodiversity and ecosystem service provision?


Answer for Biodiverse brownfield

Answer for Biodiverse brownfield

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment is carried out to identify the potential housing capacity in London. The methodology is premised on the assumption that not all sites assessed will come forward for housing and protected open space is generally assumed to be unsuitable for housing development in line with policies 7.16, 7.17 and 7.18 which seek to protect open space.

In addition, boroughs can, when assessing their sites identify constraints to delivery, such as the environmental setting (which can include the role the site plays in ensuring local biodiversity and access to nature), that could affect whether/how much of a site could come forward for development.

The SHLAA is not a site allocation exercise; if a site is to be allocated for housing or a planning application is submitted for housing on a site, detailed environmental/wildlife assessments will have to be done as appropriate in line with London Plan policy 7.19 which ensures a proactive approach to the protection, enhancement, creation, promotion of management of biodiversity in support of the Mayors Biodiversity Strategy.