Most of the land in London boroughs is taken up by green space, not buildings, according to recently released research
Property consultancy Savills says the results of its latest land survey show the capital is already ‘very much a garden city’.
The second largest land use, behind public open space, is domestic gardens followed by roads.
However, Savills’ report on the survey notes that the central London boroughs with the most built-on land and smallest domestic gardens are also some of the most sought-after neighbourhoods.
‘Their desirability is composed of a number of factors including proximity to the centre, historic architectural legacy and urban form,’ the report states.
Earlier this year prime minister David Cameron used elements of the report to bolster his plan to revamp and rebuild 100 of the country’s most run-down housing estates (see AJ 11.01.15).
Savills also found that council estates in the capital alone could accommodate an additional 360,000 homes within the existing estate footprints.
Read the full report here.
2016.01.18 Savills Land Use