Kingston calls for sensitive growth in initial response to Mayor’s draft plan
Kingston Council responds to the Mayor of London’s draft London Plan, which focuses on housing density, infrastructure, culture and sustainable travel.
The draft London Plan, once adopted, will set Kingston’s future direction and shape its own Local Plan.
Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said:
“The draft London Plan is as we expected. We welcome the Mayor’s commitment to building homes and delegating decision-making to local authorities, but it is imperative that growth in Kingston must be sensitive and appropriate, with essential infrastructure in place to support development and for communities to flourish. We recognise the significant challenge presented by the current housing crisis and take our obligations to build the right homes for Kingston seriously. This plan has quickly followed the Greater London Authority’s housing targets, which we addressed with huge scepticism, as the projected targets are double our original estimates.
“The increased emphasis on culture is right and supports our existing work with the Greater London Authority to safeguard and develop our night-time economy. I’m pleased to see specific reference to Crossrail 2, of which 10 stops will be in our borough, bringing benefits directly to all parts of Kingston.
“Kingston is a truly great place to live and we’re committed to ensuring that it is protected and enhanced. We have been waiting for this plan for 18 months and will now be studying it in detail and talking to our communities so that together we can assess what’s important for shaping Kingston’s future. Our response will challenge any policies which are at odds with protecting the future of our Royal Borough.”
Kingston’s ambitious sustainable travel plans, including the borough’s £30 million Go Cycle programme, support the Mayor’s proposed policies for public transport.
The plan also highlights the need for local authorities to work together to assess housing need, a study which Kingston undertook with its Surrey neighbours in 2016.
Residents will be invited to a community event on Thursday 25 January to help the council form a response to the Greater London Authority on the plans.
Have your say
Consultation on the draft London Plan opens today Friday 1 December, with feedback being accepted from Monday 4 December. The deadline to submit feedback is 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.
Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London)
New London Plan
GLA City Hall
London Plan Team
Post Point 18
London SE1 2AA