‘MegaPlan for a MegaCity’ selected as a top idea to solve London’s housing crisis

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22 October 2015

A proposal ‘MegaPlan for a MegaCity’ put forward by a team from GL Hearn, part of Capita Real Estate, has been selected by New London Architecture as one of the top 10 ideas to help solve the London housing shortage.

GL Hearn’s winning entry was created by the firm’s London Strategy team and selected in a competition that attracted over 200 submissions from over 20 countries. The idea proposes a land and planning solution to boost the supply of housing in London.

The concept is to create an ambitious MegaPlan to match the ambition of our future MegaCity, as the population of London will rise to 10 million within the next 20 years. The MegaPlan would maximise the potential contribution of Edge Land (up to the M25) to provide a long term strategy to 2050 to look beyond the immediate housing crisis and get ahead of the curve. This approach would be underpinned by a strategic Green Belt review, to positively plan for a sustainable pattern of growth and protection focused around Mega Parkland and Mega Activity Corridors.

Winners of the competition will be able to put forward their ideas to the Mayor and will be invited to join the Greater London Authority working group to examine how the solutions can be applied in reality.

Roland Brass, Senior Planner at GL Hearn commented: “We are incredibly proud that our strategic approach to help boost land supply has been recognised. The MegaPlan is a visionary yet pragmatic solution to provide growth and protection and is able to embrace a range of other housing initiatives, and its underlying principles can be applied to any town or city.”

GL Hearn’s ‘MegaPlan for a MegaCity’ is showcased in a free exhibition at The Building Centre along with a selection of other ideas ranging from increasing self-building and co-housing, to building over infrastructure assets and densifying suburbs.

The exhibition forms part of a major study, backed up by independent research, examining what needs to happen in the capital to improve the speed, scale and quality of its housing supply.

The work is one of the key outputs of GL Hearn’s London Strategy introduced in 2014. For further information, contact Roland Brass, James Cook or Shaun Andrews at GL Hearn.

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We are incredibly proud that our strategic approach to help boost land supply has been recognised. The MegaPlan is a visionary yet pragmatic solution to provide growth and protection and is able to embrace a range of other housing initiatives, and its underlying principles can be applied to any town or city
Roland Brass

GL Hearn

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