Monday 17 June 2017

On Friday last week, the WPA and London First held a joint roundtable with the GLA to discuss the West End in the emerging London Plan.

Two senior policymakers from the GLA spoke to Board member organisations of the WPA and London First at a lunchtime session, kindly hosted by Gerald Eve. They discussed how the Mayor of London’s manifesto pledges will translate into strategic policies, and how the London Plan will seek to overcome key challenges for the capital such as affordable housing delivery, air quality and congestion.

The roundtable started with a context-setting presentation by Hugh Bullock, Chairman of Gerald Eve.

Jennifer Peters, Head of the London Plan and Gerard Burgess, Senior Strategic Planner at the GLA went on to discuss emerging themes of the new London Plan in a roundtable Chaired by WPA Chairman James Cooksey. The 20-member roundtable discussed topics including:

  • The role of the Central Activities Zone and its boundaries
  • Policies relating to mixed-use development
  • A pan-London approach to London’s biggest challenges including affordable housing
  • Future investment in transport, digital infrastructure and public realm
  • The night time economy
  • Supporting clusters of arts and cultural organisations in the West End

Barry Smith, Head of City Policy & Strategy at Westminster City Council also provided Westminster’s position on supporting new workspaces, jobs, economic growth and housing in the West End.