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Mayor not listening on Skyline issues, says GLA planning chair

London assembly member Nicky Gavron has hit out at the Mayor of London, saying he is ignoring growing concern over the capital’s policies on tall buildings

Gavron criticisms add to the increasing pressure on Johnson and come just days after the AJ/Observer campaign was debated at City Hall on Tuesday (10 June).

The chair of the London Assembly’s planning committee challenged Boris Johnson over the lack of a coherent policy on tall buildings and said that it was important that the 230 tall buildings planned for London did not ‘damage the character and identity of the surrounding area’.

She said: ‘Boris is simply not listening to the growing consensus calling for him to look again at his policies and implementation. I’m disappointed that the Mayor failed to accept that his approach to tall buildings is lining the pockets of developers while doing little to help alleviate London’s housing crisis.’

She added: ‘You don’t have to go super-high to get the housing we need. High-density yet mid-rise developments like Kings Cross provide mixed-income communities without the negative consequences on the environment, public realm, and heritage.’

At the debate on Tuesday key industry figures including Julia Barfield, of Marks Barfield, past-RIBA president Sunand Prasad, and former city planning officer Peter Rees demanded planning rules around the building of towers were tightened.

Gavron has made public her support for the creation of a new Skyline commission stating earlier this month that the ‘stable door had been left open for too long without proper scrutiny’ (AJ 09.06.14).

Readers' comments (1)

  • If there really is a growing consensus for anything, presumably it will be reflected in the next GLA and mayoral elections. On the other hand, planning ought to be serious issue, not something run by pressure groups.

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