Increasing housing density in London (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5193
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Government will shortly consult on policy changes to support the conversion of empty space above high street shops. What estimates, if any, do you have on the amount of such empty space there is in London?

Answer

Answer for Increasing housing density in London (1)

Answer for Increasing housing density in London (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA does not hold any estimates of the amount of empty space above high street shops in London. My new draft London Plan implicitly supports the conversion of redundant space above shops to provide additional housing (see policy H2 - Small sites) and identifies the potential for housing development across London's town centres (see policy SD6 and Annex 1) recognising that all town centres have the potential for residential growth.