The new London Plan gives a "get out" to developers from providing Policy obligations
May 18, 2019 —
I believe that the new London Plan is not sound
Because, in the section on "Delivery of the Plan and Planning Obligations" when it talks about assessing the viability of proposed development schemes, it gives developers the ability to "opt out" of core London Plan policy obligations relating to areas such as health and education provision, provision of community facilities, and protection of the natural and historic environment and biodiversity, and the ability to prioritise the provision only of affordable housing and transport infrastructure
This could result in the creation of dense, high rise ghettos of flats without the necessary social infrastructure to support them and without sufficient access to the natural environment - especially in "opportunity" areas such as The Royal Borough of Kingston which are "priority" areas for large scale development and even more so around Crossrail 2 stations where development densities are forecast to soar and where TfL itself is planning to invest in Build to Rent properties
"POLICY DF1 - Draft New London Plan
When setting policies seeking planning obligations in local Development Plan Documents and in situations where it has been demonstrated that planning obligations cannot viably be supported by a specific development, applicants and decision-makers should firstly apply priority to affordable housing and necessary public transport improvements, and following this:
Recognise the role large sites can play in delivering necessary health and education infrastructure; and
Recognise the importance of affordable workspace and culture and leisure facilities in delivering good growth"
This will mean that development could be unlikely to deliver "sustainable" development which is meant to be at the core of the plan, as developers seek to protect the profit that they generate from a scheme
Please read my analysis of why the Viability Assessment of the London Plan is not fit for purpose and why the new London Plan should be scrapped:
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