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BusinessLDN Place Commission

“For London to thrive and remain a world-leading city, we must seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine the capital’s places and spaces following the pandemic. The urban environment is the backbone of the city, and it is vital to delivering economic growth and attracting the best talent from around the globe.

The Commission’s wide-ranging recommendations would help deliver more affordable homes, create better transport connectivity and support London’s transition to net zero. These are all vital to creating a capital that works for business, for Londoners and for the whole of the UK.”

John Dickie, Chief Executive, BusinessLDN
Francis Salway

“International cities operate in a highly competitive environment, and London’s place in the hierarchy of world cities cannot be taken for granted. It is essential that London has the right systems in place to enable the city to flourish, supporting organic change and not being overly prescriptive about how things are done. London has demonstrated its ability to evolve its urban environment in the past and must do so again – at pace.”

Francis Salway, Chair of the BusinessLDN Place Commission and former Chief Executive of Landsec
Tor Burrows, Executive Director of Sustainability & Innovation Grosvenor

“Decarbonisation isn’t just essential for the planet or helping London adapt to the effects of climate change. The green economy could be worth $10 trillion by 2050. Through progressive policies and action we have the opportunity to put the UK at the forefront of the global green agenda, delivering leadership, jobs and growth. This report provides an exciting new blueprint to help London retain its role as a leading global capital working for the good of the whole of the UK.

Tor Burrows, Executive Director, Sustainability and Innovation, Grosvenor
Jules Pipe

"The pandemic had a huge effect on life and the capital as we know it, and it’s vital that we re-examine how London’s places and spaces should evolve.

Investment in transport, affordable housing and decarbonisation are key to London delivering economic growth and remaining a global leader for business and talent. The Commission’s work contributes valuable thinking on how the capital can continue to thrive and flourish, ensuring a greener, fairer and safer London for all.”

Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills

“We welcome the recommendation in this report that a new long-term Government funding settlement should be agreed. Every major transport authority around the world receives Government investment for capital investment, and London is now an outlier - even among UK cities - in not having agreed long-term capital support.

Our work on delivering the Elizabeth line, the Overground extension to Barking Riverside and the extension of the Northern line to Battersea have all shown the power of transport investment both to London and the wider UK. Such projects provide new connectivity, boost accessibility, and support new homes, jobs and economic growth."

Andy Lord, London's Transport Commissioner
Virginia Blackman, Principal and National Head of Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase Avison Young

“Providing affordable homes for Londoners must be a top priority if London is to continue to hold its status as a diverse and vibrant global city. The report highlights that the current shortage is a systemic problem fuelled by a lack of housebuilding. Sadiq’s proposed housing delivery vehicle could be a step in the right direction if correctly executed, but we need to keep pushing for a variety of innovative solutions to secure delivery. We cannot rely on a single route.”

Virginia Blackman, Principal and National Head of Site Assembly & Compulsory Purchase Avison Young