London mayor backs denser building with looser planning rules
London mayor Sadiq Khan has paved the way for denser building in suburban areas of the capital as a means of increasing the number of homes built in outer London.
His decision to relax rules stating that the character of areas must be protected will enable an extra 250,000 homes to be constructed over the next decade in the 13 outerlying boroughs. This could mean more homes being built in large blocks or even skyscrapers as are commonplace in much of inner London.
Indeed, the second tallest building in Britain is to be built in Croydon following recent planning permission from both the council and Mr Khan. this may be the shape of things to come.
The construction of high-density housing could mean different tasks for insulation fitters as the design of buildings will be different, perhaps featuring more apartments and fewer detached or semi-detached homes.
It will certainly be a busy time for the construction sector, as the tally of new homes to be built in outer London is higher than the number currently standing in the whole of the city of Manchester. In addition, 400,000 more must be built in the inner boroughs. With space already at a premium, that may lead to extensive high-rise construction.
Mr Khan said: "I am using all of the powers at my disposal to tackle the housing crisis head on, removing ineffective constraints on homebuilders so we make the most of precious land in our capital."
At the time of the last census, 161 of the 631 council wards in London had a population density of over 100 people per hectare (pph), a higher rate than any other city apart from the city of Brighton and Hove (eight out of 22). This included the highest density of any ward (Church Street in the City of Westminster at 264 pph).
Indeed, even including Brighton and Hove the rest of England had just 29 wards with a population density of 100 pph or more, plus one each in Scotland and Wales and two in Northern Ireland.