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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Nicky Gavron Nicky Gavron Labour

How far will the new London Plan go to making London a “fifteen-minute city”, which your Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo has set out to mean a city where “you can find everything you need within 15 minutes from home”?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Central to the Good Growth principle that underpins the new London Plan is the drive to make the best use of the scarce land we have. Realising this ambition will mean planning development in such a way that leads to Londoners having shorter trips – that can be easily made by a short walk or cycle - to reach the amenities and services they rely on every day.

The policies in the Plan will go a long way to achieving this aim. It strongly supports higher density development, and the co-location of different uses, in areas well connected to jobs, services, infrastructure and amenities; and encourages mixed-use or housing-led intensification within and on the edge of town centres. In addition to helping provide communities with the facilities they need within easy walking and cycling distance, the Plan’s transport and design policies work to make these modes the primary, default choice for millions of Londoners by creating Healthy Streets that are vibrant, attractive, safe and inclusive.