Sadiq Khan takes first step towards creating a new ‘London Plan’
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today outlined his plans to create a better city for all Londoners, where no community is left behind and where everyone has the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
Published today, the Mayor’s ‘A City for all Londoners’ document is the first step towards the creation of a new ‘London Plan’ – the document which sets the rules for how London develops.
It builds on Sadiq Khan’s election manifesto and sets out how he plans to respond to the big changes London faces. These include the pressure of a fast-growing population, the increasing diversity of Londoners, rising inequality, the uncertainty caused by the EU referendum result and the effects of climate change.
The document is now open to consultation, and the Mayor is calling on all Londoners to feed back their views on London’s future. You can feed back here. All feedback will help inform the Mayor’s policies across a range of areas – including planning, transport, housing, environment, culture, economic development, policing and crime and health inequalities. Full versions of these strategies will be developed and published for further consultation in 2017.
Since being elected Mayor in May, Sadiq Khan has already made major changes to Londoners lives. This includes consulting on a raft of bold policies to address air pollution, freezing all Transport for London fares for four years, opening the Night Tube and introducing the new Hopper bus fare.
Sadiq Khan, said: “I want to make London better for all Londoners – by building a city where no one is left behind and where everyone gets the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
“Today I am asking all Londoners to tell us how they want us to respond to the big trends that are shaping London’s long-term future.
“Our population is projected to grow by 70,000 per year to 10.5 million by 2041. This growth is a sign of our success, but it is also putting pressure on land, housing, transport and the environment.
“Our economy is one of the strongest in the world, but the uncertainty following the EU referendum result has exacerbated existing threats to London’s competitiveness.
“And for too many Londoners, the prosperity and wealth on their doorsteps is more remote and more inaccessible than ever before –especially an affordable and decent home.
“I want to lead a city that responds positively to growth, that celebrates its diversity and where people from all walks of life are safe, healthy and live well together.”
The document also contains further detail on how the Mayor believes culture is an integral part of London’s future growth. Sadiq believes culture helps people enjoy the city and flourish personally as well as creating jobs.
The Mayor will therefore work to ensure culture is not squeezed out because of wider development pressures, that can often lead to a sterilisation of our city and a loss of the amenities which do so much to make London an amazing place to live and work.
The document can be viewed online at www.london.gov.uk/cityforall