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Tall buildings 'failing to meet London's housing need' but mayor 'not listening'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Development, Housing

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Boris Johnson has been accused of "not listening" to concerns that plans for hundreds of new tall buildings in London are failing to meet the city's housing needs.

Nicky Gavron, Londonwide Assembly Member and chair of the Assembly’s Planning Committee, has now urged the mayor to reconsider his policies on tall buildings.

New London Architecture has revealed that 236 tall buildings are in the pipeline for the capital.

Gavron challenged the mayor over the "lack of a coherent policy" on tall buildings, arguing that the high costs of most flats in these buildings mean they are failing to meet London’s housing need.

She told Johnson that there is growing consensus - spearheaded by the Skyline campaign - that his policies on the structures need to be reconsidered.

Nicky Gavron AM said: “Boris is simply not listening to the growing consensus calling for him to look again at his policies and implementation. I’m disappointed that the mayor failed to accept that his approach to tall buildings is lining the pockets of developers while doing little to help alleviate London’s housing crisis.”

“Tall buildings can make a positive contribution to city life and the skyline, but they must not damage the character and identity of the surrounding area.

“You don’t have to go super-high to get the housing we need. High-density yet mid-rise developments like Kings Cross provide mixed-income communities without the negative consequences on the environment, public realm, and heritage.”

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