Tall Buildings

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The New London Architecture's Tall Buildings Survey 2018 shows that despite signs of a slowdown in building industry, London has 510 towers in the pipeline and a record number of 115 schemes under construction as compared to 455 and 91 respectively, in 2016. Are you concerned that over 90% (458) of these tall buildings are for residential use delivering 106,000 flats? Do you consider this to be sustainable and is this type and level of development within the spirit of draft London Plan? Is this an acceptable solution to meet London's housing crisis particularly to provide genuinely affordable social as well as family size housing?


Tall Buildings

Tall Buildings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Accommodating a rapidly growing city – one which is facing an acute housing crisis – requires more efficient use of the city’s land. Tall buildings are not the only way to provide the housing that we need, but they do have a role to play in making optimal use of appropriate sites. Typically, tall buildings form part of residential developments that have a mix of building types and housing sizes, including family-size housing.

Through the draft London Plan, any proposal for tall buildings will be subject to the highest scrutiny and judged on its merits – including its impact on its neighbourhood, its impact on the skyline and, particularly, its safety features – to ensure it can provide high-quality homes that support Good Growth.