Following a report on the key issues facing the capital, work by students at the University of Gloucestershire is helping to inform debate by the Greater London Authority GLA. The London Plan is a spatial development strategy for the city, for which the Mayor, Boris Johnson, is responsible.
First year students, Joe Keeble, Samantha King and Louise Weston, all studying Geography produced the report as a result of a field trip to the city.
It explores a wide range of issues, particularly addressing affordable housing, pollution and waste, as London seeks ‘its path to becoming the ‘best big city on Earth.’
“We offer the Mayor realistic methods,” says the report’s introduction, “to tackle these issues in a way that is beneficial to London’s citizens.”
Field trip leader James Derounian said he was delighted with the students’ work and with the response from the Mayor’s office.
“The students pulled together to produce a very professional body of work, with excellent and detailed argument supporting their recommendations.”
The response from the GLA states: “It provides some illuminating insights into the challenges facing London today. It has been passed to the London Plan team to inform debate into the Plan’s Examination in Public later this summer, and have asked for it to be taken into account in developing our environmental strategies.”
Source: University of Gloucestershire