Co-ordinating health with housing 1

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Who is responsible for ensuring there are adequate GP and hospital health services available when new major housing developments are built?


Answer for Co-ordinating health with housing 1

Answer for Co-ordinating health with housing 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My London Plan (Policy 3.17) encourages boroughs to regularly assess the needs for health and social care facilities at the local and sub-regional levels and to secure sites and buildings for or to contribute to future provision.

Boroughs, working in partnership with the NHS, social care services, community organisations and developers should ensure that adequate and accessible health provision are planned in tandem with major housing development coming forward. This is crucial, not only to improve the quality of life of residents in new development, but also to avoid placing strain on existing infrastructure to the detriment of existing communities. This approach is also supported in my Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG).

London boroughs can also when drawing up their Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules incorporate contributions for local health infrastructure.