Borough planners redouble emphasis on housing

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 11 May 2015


A London borough is ramping up its focus on housing to meet steep increases in numbers of homes to be built over the next few years.

London Borough of Wandsworth group planner for policy and information Martin Howell told Planning: “Our local plan is up for review and big issues include compliance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

“One of the biggest challenges is meeting our overall targets for housing to reflect those in the London Plan. Our targets have gone up from 1,145 to 1,800 new homes a year". 

Head of spatial planning and transportation, John Stone, added: "Our planning service has played a key role in setting a vision for the 21st century.

“This includes the development of Nine Elms, part of the largest opportunity area in central London, which will provide more than 16,000 new homes and up to 25,000 new jobs."

The council is seeking to recruit to a number for senior planners in planning policy and information.

Stone said: "With the current local plan review undergoing examination we will soon be looking at what comes next and reviewing spatial objectives, priorities and vision for the future.”

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