Last week saw the first AGM of the APPG for London’s Planning and Built Environment, marking the end of a successful first year and looking ahead to an even more ambitious programme for 2017.
The group was established in October 2015 by the London Society, and is supported by Local Dialogue and New London Architecture. It was set up to provide a regular forum for thought leaders from the regeneration, infrastructure and placemaking sectors to meet with MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to shape the debate on some of the key issues facing the capital.
The AGM kicked off with the admin of re-electing officers. Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton will continue as Chair, Paul Scully MP for Sutton and Cheam as Vice-Chair, Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood as Treasurer and Richard Chartres, Bishop of London as House of Lords Liaison.
With formalities out of the way, there followed some short presentations from speakers Peter Murray (New London Architecture), Max Farrell (Farrells) and Ben Derbyshire (HTA Design). They outlined some of the key themes set to be at the forefront of the next London Plan as it takes shape over the course of the year.
Chair Rupa Huq MP also gave an overview of the topics on the agenda for 2017, which are set to include:
Housing Delivery and Design – Are London’s housebuilders creating enough high quality homes for Londoners of all ages? How can we approach the challenges of density and design to deliver the 49,000 homes the capital needs every year to keep up with demand?
Tall Buildings – With over 400 buildings over 20 storeys already in the pipeline, does London need more tall buildings? Where should tall buildings be built and what role should the Mayor have in planning for more?
Workplaces – Affordable workplaces for small businesses are increasingly being converted into much needed residential space. How can London achieve a balance, providing the affordable homes we need, whilst ensuring the small businesses that make the city such an attractive place to live and work can flourish?
The meetings are open to all and there will be a number of opportunities over the year to take part in the debates and network with the wide audience of influential and knowledgeable people involved in shaping London’s future. If you would like to join the mailing list for future events, or just want to find out how we can get you in front of the right people to take your project forward, give us a call.