RTPI London: Planning priorities for the new Mayor of London

The London region has now released our Planning Priorities for the New Mayor, We call on the incoming Mayor to stimulate economic growth, tackle climate change and build more homes to house its rapidly growing population.

This followed a consultation exercise involving round table discussions across the capital, the South East and East of England, and the findings of a major survey of its members. We thank all of our members for their support in drafting these asks and staff in the Policy and communications teams at Boltoph Lane for assisting us to fine tuning these and releasing them.

Boosting energy resilience, increasing cooperation across the South East on strategic issues, and providing vital new infrastructure for the capital, are also at the heart of a package of solutions the candidates are being asked to endorse. Many of these themes were discussed at the recent  jointly organised built environment hustings event to hear the five main parties debate the key issues in the Mayoral election (pictured below).

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This is an ambitious programme for the future of London, which we believe the planning profession can make a major contribution to. The role of the next Mayor, their agencies and properly resourced local planning authorities, will continue to be critical in tackling some of the major challenges the city faces, such as population growth, housing supply and affordability, transport capacity, air quality and resilience to climate change.

On the critical issue of housing, the new Mayor should focus on supporting the public sector to play a larger role in the delivery of housing, including affordable homes for social rent and shared ownership. This can be achieved by lobbying central government to raise the borrowing cap for local authorities, supporting land assembly and remediation, and offering central technical assistance to make sure that land assets are used in a way that benefits local communities and generates long-term revenue streams.

Planning priorities for the next Mayor of London – urges the new Mayor to prioritise the need to:

Mayor Plan1. Increase the supply of genuinely affordable housing across a range of tenures
2. empower local authorities and other public bodies to help solve London’s housing crisis
3. ensure that growth is matched with infrastructure
4. tackle air pollution and congestion by investing in low-carbon transport
5. demonstrate leadership on climate change
6. boost resilience by reducing London’s energy demand and planning for new low-carbon infrastructure
7. adopt a more integrated approach to the delivery of green infrastructure and integrate health in planning decision-making
8. enable the continued development of a vibrant London economy
9. increase cooperation across the wider South East on key strategic issues.

Planning has important roles to play in enabling sustainable economic growth, sustainable development and social justice. It does this through creating economically successful, attractive, healthy, safe and sustainable places that allow people to thrive.

For more information about our Planning Asks and series of events, please visit,

RTPI Mayoral Series: To 2020 and Beyond

Andrew Dorrian (Chair 2016)

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