We heard that London is likely to be home to more than 9 million people by 2020 and 10 million by the 2030s. We need to start planning now to accommodate that growth. Where will 300,000 more children go to school? Where will 50,000 new homes be built every year? How can we fit the additional 16 million square metres of playing fields needed based on current provision levels.
The Committee invited experts – demographers, planners, economists – to get an understanding of the size of this growth and its impact on peoples’ lives. We also explored different approaches to accommodating new population and jobs, from continuing the current policy of the ‘compact city’ (building on brownfield and densifying existing areas) to more controversial options like building on the Green Belt and open space, or expanding outside the boundaries of Greater London.
The meeting generated interest in the national, local, and trade media:
ITV – How to cope with London’s population explosion
Kensington and Chelsea Today – London’s population surge could mean 300,000 more school places needed by 2031
East London Advertiser – More East End kids get first choice primary school than London average
Local Government Executive – London needs 300,000 extra school places by 2031, expert says
Thursday’s session kicked off our ongoing investigation into the Future Growth of London. If you have any thoughts on how to accommodate the new population and jobs, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayor has committed to ensuring Londoners enjoy a good and improving quality of life but to achieve this in the face of such population growth, he faces some difficult decisions. As he gets set for next month’s release of the 2020 Vision – a seven-point plan for how London and its economy should look by 2020 – and makes early preparations this summer for major revisions to the London Plan, the Committee will monitor these decisions to make sure they are the right ones for London: for our economy, our environment, and our quality of life.