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Planners’ London manifesto sets out 9 election priorities for the Mayor

26 February 2016

ADThe London region of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), which has over 2,000 members working in the public, private and third sectors, has today called on the incoming Mayor to stimulate economic growth, tackle climate change and build more homes to house its rapidly growing population.

Following a consultation exercise involving round table discussions across the capital, the South East and East of England, and the findings of a major survey of its members, RTPI London has published 9 ‘asks’ in the form of priority issues that the new incumbent of City Hall needs to get to grips with.

Boosting energy resilience, increasing cooperation across the South East on strategic issues, and providing vital new infrastructure for the capital, are also at the heart of a package of solutions the candidates are being asked to endorse. Many of these themes were discussed at the recent jointly organised built environment hustings event to hear the five main parties debate the key issues in the Mayoral election (pictured below).

IMG_2388Andrew Dorrian, Chair of RTPI London, pictured left, said

“This is an ambitious programme for the future of London, which we believe the planning profession can make a major contribution to. The role of the next Mayor, their agencies and properly resourced local planning authorities, will continue to be critical in tackling some of the major challenges the city faces, such as population growth, housing supply and affordability, transport capacity, air quality and resilience to climate change.”

“On the critical issue of housing, the new Mayor should focus on supporting the public sector to play a larger role in the delivery of housing, including affordable homes for social rent and shared ownership. This can be achieved by lobbying central government to raise the borrowing cap for local authorities, supporting land assembly and remediation, and offering central technical assistance to make sure that land assets are used in a way that benefits local communities and generates long-term revenue streams.”

Planning priorities for the next Mayor of London - urges the new Mayor to prioritise the need to:

Mayor Plan1. Increase the supply of genuinely affordable housing across a range of tenures
2. empower local authorities and other public bodies to help solve London’s housing crisis
3. ensure that growth is matched with infrastructure
4. tackle air pollution and congestion by investing in low-carbon transport
5. demonstrate leadership on climate change
6. boost resilience by reducing London’s energy demand and planning for new low-carbon infrastructure
7. adopt a more integrated approach to the delivery of green infrastructure and integrate health in planning decision-making
8. enable the continued development of a vibrant London economy
9. increase cooperation across the wider South East on key strategic issues

This is an ambitious programme for the future of London, which we believe the planning profession can make a major contribution to. The role of the next Mayor, their agencies and properly resourced local planning authorities, will continue to be critical in tackling some of the major challenges the city faces, such as population growth, housing supply and affordability, transport capacity, air quality and resilience to climate change.


Planning has important roles to play in enabling sustainable economic growth, sustainable development and social justice. It does this through creating economically successful, attractive, healthy, safe and sustainable places that allow people to thrive.

More information

Listen to a podcast featuring Andrew Dorrian discussing the 9 priorities. 

See photographs from the Mayoral hustings evening. 

Listen to a podcast from the Mayoral hustings evening.