Temporary development spaces

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 30th May 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Boff Andrew Boff Conservative

How and when do you intend to “develop a new framework for the temporary, meanwhile and flexible use of open space, empty premises, temporary development space and underused community buildings”?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The London Plan 2021 already supports flexibility for temporary uses of vacant properties in town centres, high streets, Creative Enterprise Zones and other appropriate areas.

Through the Recovery Board, High Streets for All mission, and Resilience Fund, we are already testing and prototyping ways to deliver enhanced public spaces and exciting new uses for underused high street buildings in every Borough. In Ealing, for example, my Regeneration team are working with innovators to enable the activation of vacant units on high streets and supporting meanwhile use activity. A Recovery Property Pledge is being developed with input from landowners and tenant groups to mainstream effective innovation, across the wider property industry. Officers are coordinating across all these initiatives to establish a framework for integrated implementation.

I remain concerned that the Government’s new Permitted Development Rights could limit opportunities for creative reuse of vacant premises and stifle the economic recovery of London’s high streets.