We are working to ensure that all children in London have safe and attractive play spaces within walking distance of their homes.
Play and Informal recreation
The Mayor’s ambition for London’s play spaces
The Mayor wants London to be a child-friendly city, where children can properly enjoy play and recreation. Providing inclusive, accessible, and safe play spaces is central to achieving this aim.
How we’ll achieve the Mayor’s ambition
To achieve this aim, we will:
- Work with boroughs and other partners to ensure that all children have safe access to good quality, well-designed, secure and stimulating play and informal recreation provision
- Ensure housing developments make adequate provision for play and informal recreation, based on the development’s expected child population and an assessment of future needs
For their part, London boroughs should audit their existing provision of play and informal recreation. They should also produce strategies on play and informal recreation, so as to improve access and opportunities for all children and young people in their area.
Overcoming obstacles to improving play spaces
Safe and stimulating play facilities are essential for a child's welfare and future development. However, in such a densely developed and populated city it's a challenge to provide these spaces. Many of London's children still do not have adequate access to such facilities.
To overcome this issue, we’ve produced Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for London boroughs. The SPG can be used by those involved in planning local neighbourhoods to engage with young Londoners and deliver real improvements in the quality of play spaces.
Which London Plan policies does the document provide guidance on?
The guidance supports the implementation of the London Plan Policy 3.6 on ‘Children and Young People’s Play and Informal Recreation Facilities,’ and other policies on shaping neighbourhoods (Chapter 7 of the London Plan), in particular Policy 7.1 on Lifetime Neighbourhoods.
The Shaping Neighbourhoods: Play and Informal Recreation SPG can be found below.
To help borough planning officers and developers estimate the potential child yield from a development, and the resulting requirements for play space provision, we provide a play space calculator which can be downloaded using the link below.