Green Belt

MQT on 2016-05-25
Session date: 
May 25, 2016
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you commit to retaining all current London Plan protections on the Green Belt, Metropolitan Open Land and back garden land? Will you oppose any attempt to weaken or remove these protections from any area in London? Please confirm that brownfield land is more than adequate to resolve London's housing crisis.


Answer for Green Belt

Answer for Green Belt

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My manifesto made clear that I will protect the Green Belt and open spaces including Metropolitan Open Land. This position and the protection already provided by national policy will be the basis for any review of the London Plan on this issue.

Similarly, national policy on protection of garden land will be the basis for any revisions to the London Plan on this matter.

London currently has approved capacity for over 260,000 homes, almost all on brownfield sites. However, the accumulation of this capacity has not been associated with a proportionate increase in housing output. As a matter of urgency I am putting in place a range of measures to accelerate delivery to address London's housing crisis, and this is likely to have to be complemented by longer term work to identify additional capacity.