Roundtable: Working Beyond Boundaries

Working beyond boundaries

Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?.

This senior roundtable is the first in a series of follow-up events and briefings that will look in depth at delivery and governance issues.

Population is a central focus for London’s strategic planners, with the Capital projected to grow by almost two million people to 2031. The GLA’s recent Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) has identified sufficient development sites within GLA boundaries for the new homes required by demographers’ projections; the SHLAA in turn has informed the current draft Further Alterations to the London Plan.

However, there’s a caveat. Part of the population jump in recent years is linked to a decrease in population outflows from London to the wider South East (approx. 20,000 p.a.) following the financial crisis. As the market recovers, demographers predict that outflows will return to pre-crisis levels; this shift is incorporated into London’s population projections and related SHLAA.

What does this projected outflow mean for the wider South East? Since the dissolution of regional spatial strategies in 2010, the Localism Act’s Duty to Cooperate has required local authorities and other public bodies to engage with each other on strategic cross-boundary matters. However, beyond this legal obligation, little such planning is taking place in the region – especially in relation to London – and this is a critical time to start actively preparing for the Capital’s expansion.

London is already functionally linked with the wider region in many ways: housing, transport, and the economy among them. What cross-boundary strategic planning is in place to support these? What can practitioners and decision-makers learn from existing efforts? Where relations have been fractious, what approaches have worked? Should more be done, and if so, how?

Kindly hosted by AECOM, this roundtable – and a follow-up briefing available on our website – will explore these opportunities and challenges, with a view to sharing best practice and supporting strategic planning efforts in London and the South East.

Working Beyond Boundaries
Date: Friday, 26th September 2014
Time: 9.00-10.30
Venue: AECOM, Midcity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6EA (map)

This event is by invitation only. For more information about this roundtable or other work in this series, please get in touch with Jennifer Johnson.

Work on the London 2050 programme continues with:

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  1. Acheiving any form of (political) concensus on this with the authorities surrounding London will be problematic even with sizeable financial inducements. If we are serious, it is time to look at London’s boundaries (despite the pain of a Local Government Boundary Commission for England) while we are all still in the warm glow of the benefits of democracy following the Scottish Referendum. This has been done twice before, roughly every 50 years, and most recently in 1965 when the 1963 Act came into force. A number of authorities actively toyed with joining London during the 1990s and the potential for increased TfL control over commuter lines would be part of an integrated spatial expansion approach using transport corridors / nodes of development. At the very least, London’s boundary could run out to the M25 which now forms an obvious hard barrier.

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