„London could add more than one million new homes to its ten year housing target through a programme of densification of the capital’s better-connected areas, according to research from business lobby London First and property agent Savills.
The report, Redefining Density, which comes with a map of opportunities for densification, says that leaving aside areas of green space, the green belt and water, there are many parts of London that have good transport links but low housing density.
If house building could be expanded to just a tenth of the million or so additional homes that could be delivered by moderately increasing density, London would be able to deliver 52,000 homes a year and meet its projected need for new homes, says the report.
Opportunities for densification can be found in town centres, parts of suburbia and on some public land.
Higher density does not have to mean high rise, the report points out. Rather it sees quality of design as key to more efficient land use, and says design, in its broadest sense, must lead the process.
The research includes a table of potential planning capacity for additional homes in London compared to the Greater London Authority’s ten year housing target.
‘The opportunities to ensure that London is getting the most out of the development process are considerable, especially in the outer boroughs. Done properly, a higher density environment which combines a greater number of homes with shops, services and leisure space can bring many benefits to residents,’ says Susan Emmett, Savills’ Director of Residential Research.