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MAYOR'S PLAN TO KEEP LONDON A 'CAPITAL' CITY

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The mayor's vision for London, set out in his draft London Plan, prioritises accommodating a growing population and...
The mayor's vision for London, set out in his draft London Plan, prioritises accommodating a growing population and over half a million new jobs, giving all Londoner's the opportunity to share in London's success, the construction of thousands of new affordable homes, the protection of open spaces and the green belt and prioritising big transport infrastructure projects.

These policies will shape the capital over the next 10 to 15 years and enable it to benefit from the huge population and economic expansion forecast.

Ken Livingstone said:

'London is a dynamic powerful and living city, one of the leading commercial and financial cities in the world and the engine of the UK economy. As a magnet for jobs and investment, national and international migration, our city has been growing rapidly over the last 15 years and is set to absorb a population of 700,000, the size of the city of Leeds, in the next decade and a half.

'Growth on this scale poses unique opportunities and challenges. It could add pressure to existing housing, public health, homelessness, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion problems in the capital or it could be used to benefit Londoners.

'My plan is to use growth to help solve London's problems. This means more intense use of available land, higher densities and re-use of brownfield sites. Economic development has to happen in tandem with infrastructure improvements - especially in transport - that are necessary to support it.

'My draft London Plan promotes a greener, accessible and compact city where all Londoners can share the opportunities. This is not a pipe dream. Already, my policies and actions have made a difference to many Londoners' lives, especially in the areas of transport, housing and safety.'

The draft London Plan incorporates all the mayor's key strategies and builds on his many achievements. These include the recruitment of 1,050 extra police officers last year and plans for a further 1,200 in the current year, improvements to bus services that have boosted passenger numbers by 8%, pressing Government for construction of Crossrail 1 and the East London Line Extension, securing hundreds of extra affordable homes already through the planning process, providing funding to ensure the construction of the new Hungerford pedestrian bridge and pulling together a£4 million package to support London's tourism industry.

The draft London Plan is published for consultation. All Londoners are invited to respond by 30 September 2002.

Notes

Drew Stevenson and Robin Thompson have been engaged to provide the lead role in policy development through the process. Production was directed by Jeff Jacobs, director of policy and partnerships at the GLA. Greg Lomax has been in post as SDS programme manager since March 2002. A steering group, comprising Nicky Gavron, Eleanor Young, Neale Coleman, John Ross, Jeff Jacobs, Drew Stevenson, Robin Thompson, Ralph Ward (LDA) and Sam Richards (TfL) was responsible for overseeing policy development and production.

The draft London Plan is subject to a statutory three-month consultation period. The responses to this consultation (and the mayor's own views) will be considered by a government appointed Panel, reporting to the secretary of state responsible for planning.

The mayor will organise an Examination in Public on the draft London Plan early in 2003.

The draft London Plan may be downloadedas a series of PDF and RTF files, and a summary document is also available.

Towards the London Plan, published in May 2001, set out for consultation a vision for London and the broad policy directions, which would guide the preparation of the draft London Plan. The results of that consultation are set out in detail in a separate report 'responses to Towards the London Plan.'

There were 1,000 responses to the consultation document, Towards the London Plan, and 86% supported the main direction of the document, particularly the mayor's vision for London to become a sustainable world city and to accommodate projected growth in the economy and population.

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