Whatever happened to planning in London ?

Thursday 20th November, 2014 | 8am-9.30am

The Collective
14 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3JA

London’s population is growing at a rate of two-thousand every eight days. By 2016 it’s projected to reach 8.7 million people.By 2050 it’s set to increase to more than 11 million.

Based on these numbers ,the capital will need another 400,000 homes over the next decade and almost a million by 2021.It will also need 600 new schools and colleges, and massive investment into its creaking infrastructure.

This puts the planning system centre stage, but big questions remain unanswered -namely how to accommodate a booming population while preserving London’s unique character.

While the Mayor preaches a pro-growth agenda, planning has become more sensitive and time consuming.
People are increasingly angry that big new developments are given the go-ahead with no sound planning or economic argument.

New planning legislation echoes this disparity between a development agenda on the one hand and localism on the other.

James Wickham’s talk begins by considering the vast macro-level challenges facing London, before looking at some recent and proposed changes to the planning system and the impact this is having on design.


James Wickham is a Partner in Gerald Eve's Planning and Development team.
He advises a range of developers, landowners and institutional investors on planning and development matters. His experience includes detailed knowledge of the complex Central London planning environment, on which he has advised leading mixed use commercial and residential developers, landlords and estates on town planning and development strategy.
Clients include Land Securities, Great Portland Estates, Derwent London, Grosvenor, BNP Paribas, Cardinal Lysander, Berkeley Square Estate.