Press release for 12 October 2015
The Just Space network of community groups and London-wide organisations working to influence London’s strategic planning document, The London Plan, today issues a set of ‘key demands’ which will form the basis of more detailed Community Visions for the next London Plan
The key demands cover a range of issues:
· Fundamentals and Process issues: challenges some assumptions; calls for a proper programme of community engagement in developing the next London Plan.
· Sustainable Development: highlights the need to better integrate environmental, social and economic goals as London has not been developing sustainably – climate change and air pollution targets are not being met, issues of equity and inequality need addressing, and a diverse range of economic activity is needed.
· Environment, Social inclusion and Economy: green space, habitat, water and food issues; helping marginalised communities; developing a more egalitarian and more sustainable economy.
· Transport and Housing that are genuinely affordable: more is needed on reducing the need for people to have to travel unnecessarily, fostering walking and cycling and avoiding new road-building; delivering adequate social rented housing to reverse the “affordable housing con” and deal well with demolition versus refurbishment issues.
Download the Community Visions statement as PDF JSVisions2015
Just Space Co-ordinator, Richard Lee said:
“People from across London have come together to produce these key demands as part of Just Space network’s work to develop a Community Vision for the next London Plan.”
“Groups will be working on these ideas, elaborating them and proposing policies, in the remainder of 2015.”
“While the Mayor’s staff are preparing their new version of London’s strategic planning document that will affect the lives of all Londoners, Just Space groups have seized the initiative and are putting forward ideas of what local people want to see included.”
“For too long London’s planning system has failed to deliver for Londoners on issues such as air pollution and inequalities, has not developed a rounded economy, and has failed to tackle the affordable housing crisis – local people are demanding a better future for London and all Londoners.”
“One bit of good news, however, is that —this time— Londoners can contribute before the Plan hardens into a formal draft, and City Hall says it is listening. In the past citizens could only comment or object to the Mayor’s draft”
Development of the Community Visions: The Just Space network held a community conference in July 2015 to start the Community Visions work:
The final Community Visions document will be completed for a conference on 4th February 2016 where Mayoral candidates, current Assembly Members and candidates, as well as GLA staff will be invited to respond.