4/2/20 – AR reports on London Plan Update and New Housing Targets

The London Plan is now at a very advanced stage, having been through Examination in Public between January and May 2019, and the Inspector’s report published in October 2019.  The Mayor has considered the Inspector’s recommendations, and in December 2019 issued the Secretary of State with a final version, along with a statement setting out his reasons for not accepting all of the panel’s recommendations. A tracked version showing changes made is available here.

The Mayor has now agreed to lower the originally proposed housing targets for individual Boroughs, in accordance with the panel’s recommendations, which will be a relief for many local authorities who are struggling to allocate enough sites for development. However, the new London Plan still proposes a significant uplift in housing numbers, an additional 10,000 homes per year, compared to the current adopted plan. As such, it is likely that a number of Boroughs will no longer be able to show a five year housing land supply when the new plan is adopted and the higher targets take effect later this Spring.

For further information on the London Plan or to discuss opportunities for development please contact James Holmes, Director of Planning at Aitchison Raffety via james.holmes@argroup.co.uk.