From January to May 2019, the draft London Plan was examined in public by independent inspectors. The new plan will provide the policy framework to shape how London evolves and develops over the next 20-25 years. In response to projected population growth, the draft plan aims to increase the supply of new housing from 42,000 to 65,000 new homes in London each year with a strategic target of 50% of all new homes being affordable. In many London boroughs higher housing targets will place additional pressure on existing infrastructure, including healthcare. Underpinning the draft plan are six ‘Good Growth’ policies, including a policy framework to create a healthy city which aims to help improve Londoners’ health and reduce health inequalities.
In 2017, HUDU contributed to the drafting of the new policies during an informal consultation stage. In early 2018, HUDU, on behalf of London NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), responded to a public consultation along with other NHS organisations. The examination provided a further opportunity to refine the policies ensuring that sufficient priority is given to health infrastructure needed to support housing growth and to ensure that the plan policies consistently and collectively help create a healthy city. Further information on the examination and the next steps can be found here.
The draft Plan was examined against the old (2012) National Planning Policy Framework. A new Framework was published in July 2018 following consultation. HUDU has produced a briefing note on the new Framework which can be viewed here.