Housing Density Increases

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On what basis would you consider it appropriate to agree to an increase in densities for large scale developments, beyond those in the outline planning permissions any relevant Masterplan and/or  the London Plan?


Answer for Housing Density Increases

Answer for Housing Density Increases

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Densities beyond the ranges in the London Plan would require clear demonstration of exceptional circumstances, taking into account policies on local character, design, housing quality, transport capacity, social infrastructure, open space and viability.

Further guidance on this is provided in the Housing SPG.

Determining the appropriate density for a development is done on a case by case basis, taking into account the particular circumstances and context of a proposal and the policies in the London Plan. Density ranges in the London Plan are used as a guide, rather than an absolute rule, with decisions striking a sensitive balance between a range of complex factors to ensure development is of a high quality, sensitive to its context, deliverable and, supported by infrastructure. These considerations also apply to proposals to increase densities following an outline planning permission.

Subject to other policy considerations, there is scope to increase densities where transport proposals will improve accessibility in the future, providing improvements are secured by robust delivery mechanisms.