Inclusive Public Seating

MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Many older people and others with back problems need to use seating with a back. Backless public seating excludes these Londoners from enjoying public spaces. Will this be considered in future developments funded or part-funded by the Mayor?


Inclusive Public Seating

Inclusive Public Seating

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through policy and City Hall funding programmes, I am addressing accessibility to ensure that London’s spaces and places are as inclusive as possible. I am committed to fostering an open network of well-designed and functional public spaces that create an accessible urban environment for all ages.

Through my Good Growth by Design programme I am implementing this through a commitment to delivering high quality design. I would consider it good practice when providing seating that it is comfortable and easy to sit on and get up from for as many people as possible. Designing seating with backs and armrests is a good way of achieving this. I have made design reviews an important part of City Hall funded programmes to ensure quality and accessibility are integrated into projects.

My draft London Plan has an important role to play in keeping standards high in the built environment and will be used to embed good design quality principles in new spaces. Through Policy D7 of the draft Plan, I am encouraging all development plans and proposals to include appropriate types and amounts of seating in the public realm.