London Open Space and Greenspace Planning

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Significant dates in London POS Planning

  • 1491-1547 as King of England, Henry VIII acquired the land which subsequently became London’s central Royal Parks
  • 1625-1649 as King of Britain, Charles I began the conversion of Henry VIII’s deer parks into amenity open space
  • 1660-1685 as King of Britain, Charles II allowed public access to London’s central Royal Parks
  • 1829  John Claudius Loudon’s Breathing Zone plan for London
  • 1833 Select Committee on Public Walks recommended public parks
  • 1890 Lord Meath proposed a green belt to the London County Council Parks and Open Spaces Committee
  • 1901 W.J Bull proposed a green girdle round London
  • 1929   Raymond Unwin’s Memorandum No. 1, which formed part of the First Report of the Greater London Regional Planning Committee, included a plan for a Green Girdle round London
  • 1943  Abercrombie’s County of London Plan recommended a continuous web of open space linking the city centre to a green belt
  • 1951 The Administrative Country of London Plan concentrated on the concept of Open Space Deficiency and adopted, as a standard, four acres (1.62 ha) per 1,000 population plus three acres (1.21 ha) outside the Administrative County
  • 1969 The Greater London Council (GLC) adopted the principle of London having a hierarchy of parks of different sizes, ranging from local parks to regional parks.
  • 1976 The final draft of the Greater London Development Plan (GLDP) supported the Green Belt and approved the concept of Metropolitan Open Land
  • 1991-2 A London Planning Advisory Committee (LPAC) document, Towards a Green Strategy for London,  supported the 1943 concept of open spaces being linked into a Green Web and recommended the circular walks which became the Capital Ring and the London Loop
  • 2004 The Greater London Authority’s 2004  GLA London Plan carried previous initiatives forward and introduced policies for Biodiversity and for developing London’s rivers as ‘Blue Ribbons’
  • 2009 The Draft London Plan carried forward previous initiatives and introduced a Cycling Strategy, a Walking Strategy and a Green Grid Strategy.