Press Release

Response to Planning White Paper

Responding to the Planning for the Future White Paper Richard Brown, Deputy Director at Centre for London said:

“The government’s proposals are radical and far-reaching. They offer potential – for more meaningful community engagement, higher design standards, a less costly and risky planning system, and more clarity for smaller builders and developers.

“However, implementation will be complex, and a reformed planning system will need to be backed up by other incentives to accelerate house building. London already has a ‘pipeline’ of 280,000 homes that have planning permission but have not been built.

“And the White Paper is silent on London, the role of the Mayor and the London Plan, and the role of other metro mayors and combined authorities. The complexities of England’s cities call for intelligent and engaged regional, as well as, local planning.”

Notes to Editors 

  • Centre for London is the capital’s dedicated think tank. The Centre develops new solutions to London’s critical challenges and advocates for a fair and prosperous global city.