Mayor “not listening” on tall buildings debate

Earlier today I asked the Mayor if he would reconsider his policies on tall buildings in light of the growing consensus that we need a rethink.

In my question to Boris at Mayor’s Question Time, argued that the high costs of most flats in these buildings mean they are failing to meet London’s housing need. I also told the Mayor that there is growing consensus – spearheaded by the Skyline campaign – that his policies on tall buildings need to be reconsidered.

Unfortunately, Boris is simply not listening to the calls for him to look again at his policies and implementation. I’m disappointed that the Mayor failed to accept that his approach to tall buildings is lining the pockets of developers while doing little to help alleviate London’s housing crisis.

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Tall buildings can make a positive contribution to city life and the skyline, but they must not damage the character and identity of the surrounding area.

You don’t have to go super-high to get the housing we need. High-density yet mid-rise developments like Kings Cross provide mixed-income communities without the negative consequences on the environment, public realm, and heritage.

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About nickygavron

Former Deputy Mayor for London, London Assembly Member, Chair of Planning Committee, and Labour Spokesperson for Planning
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