Mayor's 2020 Vision

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


According to the Census, London is likely to be home to more than 9 million people by 2020. We need to start planning now to accommodate that growth. How will your Vision 2020 document help realise this ambition?


Answer for Mayor's 2020 Vision

Answer for Mayor's 2020 Vision

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is exactly why I have produced the Vision, so that we can build on today's delivery to plan for the population explosion already underway.

From 2011 to 2021 the population will rise by a million - the fastest rate of growth ever. We need the infrastructure to accommodate this. By 2030 there will be just shy of 10 million Londoners. We will need another 400,000 homes in the next decade; one million more by the mid-2030s.

The biggest home building drive in a generation will be started on the back of a successful track record. Over the last four or five years we have built record numbers of affordable homes; have brought thousands of empty homes back into use; and have helped about 50,000 Londoners on to the property ladder with part-buy, part-rent schemes.

That work simply has to continue. So the 2020 Vision argues consistently that transport schemes are needed to generate jobs, housing and new neighbourhoods, often in the opportunity areas identified in the document.

Opportunity Areas are London's major source of brownfield land with significant capacity for new housing, commercial and other development linked to existing or potential improvements to public transport accessibility. Together, the opportunity areas identified in the Vision are set to create 201,300 homes and 328,500 jobs. In total, across all of London's 33 Opportunity Areas and 10 Intensification Areas, there is potential capacity for 244,000 homes, or 77% of the London Plan's current identified provision of 322,100 homes over ten years (paras 1.2.7 and 1.2.8 of the GLA Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance).

We are accelerating the programme to release public land for development, working with all London public bodies to establish what is available. Since the 2012 Mayoral Elections, City Hall has already released £1bn worth of publicly owned land.