Underused land

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Government plans to introduce planning reforms for better use of underused land in our cities and towns. What steps will you be taking in your London Plan to ensure that better use is made of underused land?


Answer for Underused land

Answer for Underused land

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A key cross-cutting policy in my new draft London Plan is making the best use of land. The key to achieving this will be taking a rounded approach to the way neighbourhoods operate, making them work not only more space efficiently, but also better for the people who use them. This will mean creating places of higher density in appropriate locations to get more out of limited land, encouraging a mix of land uses, and co-locating different uses to provide communities with a wider range of services and amenities.

The plan promotes the 'healthy streets approach' that helps makes better use of the public realm to create appealing places in which to walk, cycle and spend time. Specifically, in regard to vacant sites, my draft London Plan encourages the temporary (meanwhile) use of vacant land for housing, employment and cultural and creative activities, as well creating temporary public realm before development comes forward.