The Inspector’s report on the London Plan

John Bosworth – The Inspector’s report on the London Plan contains some sensible recommendations regarding the green belt. The Mayor is asked to review existing green belt boundaries, water down its preventative GB policies, and to consider releasing GB land for industrial and distribution purposes. What however, are the chances of these recommendations being taken up? For politicians the green belt is, so often, untouchable, and where it is released it tends to happen more by stealth than as a rational step. As the Mayor faces re-election soon it is probably too much to hope that he will publicly agree that these proposed changes are good for the capital and that they should be embraced.

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