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MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What provision has been made in the London Plan to make London a more autism friendly city?


Autism (5)

Autism (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Plan contains policy requirements for the highest standards of accessible and inclusive design to be met, with these requirements applying to buildings, areas of public realm, and the places and spaces between buildings. This policy specifically highlights the importance of creating a welcoming environment that everyone can use confidently, independently and with choice and dignity. An inclusive design approach takes into account the requirements of people with a range of disabilities and impairments.

Policy D3 Inclusive design signposts the British Standard guidance BS8300:2018 Design of an accessible and inclusive environment, which provides the latest national design guidance on this subject. This guidance explains that ’efforts have been made to include reference to people’s neurological requirements in this revision and extension of BS 8300; however, further work is required in this area.’ In recognition of this. Policy D3 therefore states that ‘The Mayor will assist boroughs and other agencies in implementing an inclusive design approach by…continuing to contribute to the development of national technical standards’.

When new national design guidance on this matter is produced, developments will need to follow the guidance to meet the requirements of Policy D3.