More homes, higher densities, tighter landscapes planned

London mayor Ken Livingstone has vowed to safeguard the greenbelt around London and improve open spaces that go with new housing.

Ken Livingstone published his planning goals this week in the London Plan calling for more than 450,000 homes over the next 15 years. He wants 30,000 new homes each year - half of them affordable - and increased densities, calling for a new generation of urban landscapes and pocket parks.. He said he would work with the 33 boroughs on land that could be used, but would set affordable-homes target on a site-by-site basis because of the high cost of cleaning up brownfields. This was a more flexible approach, he said. Meanwhile MPs have attacked the £757 million new Wembley Stadium, which will be surrounded by lavish open spaces and a vast piazza as part of another masterplan. The all-party public accounts committee said the government and Sport England had thrown money at a scheme originally costed at £320m for no return. It is due to open in 2006.

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