Defending housing and industrial estates

Just Space has written to the Mayor and the GLA planners, responding to a call for suggestions for potential large housing sites:

To: London SHLAA <LondonSHLAA@london.gov.uk>
Cc: Mayor of London <mayor@london.gov.uk>
Subject: Re: London SHLAA – Call for Sites

Dear Sir or Madam

I am making these comments on behalf of Just Space, a network of groups aiming to get more of the community involved in matters relating to planning.

We are concerned that the call for submission of large sites will lead to the submission of housing estates and industrial estates.  These are often described as brownfield land.  However, they are not, because they are already in use, either as homes or as work places.

The process of redeveloping these sites, usually as expensive blocks of flats or offices, is leading to the loss of housing that Londoners can afford to live in, and the loss of small or medium sized businesses that provide many Londoners with work, as well as providing services to many other London people and businesses.

Just Space has done extensive research on this question and has much evidence of this destructive process.

We urge due consideration of this aspect when examining the sites that are proposed.

Yours sincerely

Pat Turnbull – on behalf of Just Space

Background:
On 18 May 2016, at 18:17, London SHLAA <LondonSHLAA@london.gov.uk> wrote:

The GLA is undertaking a new housing capacity study to inform the next London Plan. This study is known as the London Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and is prepared in partnership with local planning authorities in London.

As part of this process we are currently running a Call for Sites. This allows stakeholders and individuals to submit potential housing sites for consideration as part of this housing capacity assessment. Deadline 30 June.

Further information on the Call for Sites is available on the GLA’s website: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/london-plan-full-review/call-sites-2016-shlaa