London Mayor’s draft new London Plan
We have submitted comments from the Kew Society to the draft new London Plan. You can see our response here:
Broadly, though there is much in the new draft London Plan we support, we have major concerns over:
(i) the overemphasis on growth in the South-East rather than a wider look at sustainable growth across the UK as a whole
(ii) the weakening of protection of our green spaces and Metropolitan Open Land, including for the river Thames,
(iii) the protection of the World Heritage status of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
(iv) the need to identify funding, particularly for the necessary infrastructure to support housing growth, and
(v) an erosion of localism with insufficient flexibility left to Boroughs to achieve agreed overall aims.
The Mayor is consulting on a new London Plan. You can see the consultation here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan/download-draft-london-plan-0
We are considering comments from the Kew Society and will post them here as soon as we have completed our review.
London’s Environment Strategy Consultation
We have commented on the London’s Mayor’s Environment Strategy consultation which includes proposals on improving air quality. You can see our response here: Kew Society response to London Mayor’s consultation on environment final
Consultation on closure of Sovereign Gate Police Station, Richmond
The Mayor’s Office is consulting on closures of police stations across the capital, including Sovereign Gate in Richmond where the neighbourhood team for Kew Ward, and 2 other adjacent Wards, is based. If closed, the team will be based in Twickenham. See the consultation here and have your say by 6 October: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/mopac-consultations/share-your-views-accessing-met