Mark Whitehead 29 November 2017

Khan says draft London Plan ‘rips up’ existing planning rules

Khan says draft London Plan ‘rips up’ existing planning rules

London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he has 'ripped up existing planning rules' to boost the number of new homes in the capital.

He says the new draft London Plan has removed 'outdated constraints and rigid density guidelines' to increase the number of new and affordable homes being given planning permission.

The new draft London Plan, the capital’s 'planning bible', sets out how homebuilders will be asked to maximise the use of valuable land.

Mayor Khan wants to increase the number of well-designed homes sites can deliver and says councils should work with businesses and housing associations to gauge the maximum capacity of proposed schemes in the light of surrounding infrastructure.

The draft plan also includes a commitment for half of all new homes to be 'genuinely affordable' and strengthens a fast-track approach for developers.

Mayor Khan said: 'I am using all of the powers at my disposal in my first draft London Plan to tackle the housing crisis head on – removing ineffective constraints on homebuilders so that we can make the most of precious land in the capital to build more homes in areas with the best transport links.'

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