About the London Plan Project
PROJECT INTRODUCTION (PDF)
Housing and Urban Form: Tensions in the London Plan Examination in Public
Prof Christine Whitehead | LSE London
LSE, Knowledge Exchange and Impact fund
Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed London Plan is now entering its formal Examination in Public (EiP). The Plan is the Mayor’s most important policy instrument. The EiP is an extended process that allows public discussion of questions such as the feasibility of the Plan’s housing targets; how these relate to the Mayor’s affordability priorities; density and built form; and the relation between development inside and outside London. The core issues around housing and land use are highly political, and the fundamentals remain disputed. LSE researchers, particularly the LSE London research group, have worked extensively on these issues over the last few years. LSE London’s objective is to ensure that this body of LSE research is taken into account during the EiP.
LSE London is participating in this process in a number of ways:
- We have already given comments on the draft Plan and the related Housing Strategy at consultation stage last year.
- Click here to read the Draft London Plan consultation – LSE London response
- We are bringing together a short booklet identifying the research that we have undertaken and the conclusions and recommendations to the London Plan.
- We have submitted written evidence on a number of the fundamental issues that the Plan addresses.
- We are holding four roundtables for participants and knowledgeable specialists and an open seminar to address contested matters. We will publish summaries of the discussions and conclusions on the web.
- We have been asked to take part in eight of the public sessions. We will write blogs about how the discussion goes, the most important areas of dispute and the solutions put forward. Here is our coverage of the EiP so far:
- Examination in Public: written submissions
- Briefing note: the roundtables and Roundtable 1
- What We Learned from the First Morning of the EiP
- What Can We do with a Plan That Won’t Deliver?
- Briefing note: Roundtable 2
- A very technical session
- Matter 19 – Housing supply and targets, day 1
- Matter 19 – Housing supply and targets, day 2
- Getting to Grips with the Promised Scale of Additional Housing supply from the Mayor’s Small Sites Initiative
- Matter 24: Affordable housing
- Density Policy, the Disappearing SRQ Matrix, and the Question of Who Should Safeguard Residential Environments in London – the Mayor or the Boroughs
- We will do a final event on what the EiP has achieved.
- And we will do our own assessment of the EiP’s Panel decisions.
This page will be updated to reflect our work for this project.
All of our blog entries for this project can be found here.
This document can be downloaded in PDF form here.