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Mayor appoints 50 ‘design advocates’ to advise London councils

The mayor of London has appointed 50 architects and design experts as ‘mayor’s design advocates’ (MDAs) to provide design guidance to City Hall and local councils.

The mayor proposed the ‘Good Growth’ report at the London School of Economics yesterday (10 July) to cope with the capital’s increasing population.

With the report stating that “we have to make better use of the land we have available”, the mayor proposed that the capital needed to “develop more densely”.

The 50 experts appointed to help with the project are made up of 50% women and a quarter come from BAME backgrounds.

The report said: “The impact on London of building homes for nearly 70,000 more people and of accommodating 34,000 new jobs each year is huge.

“It will affect its built form, its infrastructure, its streets and transport systems, as well as its health and education services.”

A key principle of the ‘Good Growth’ programme was to create more affordable housing for Londoners. Khan said the number of high rise buildings built under predecessor Johnson failed to provide the homes regular Londoners need and suggested that more properties had to be built by local authorities.

Speaking at the event, Khan added: “We must embrace London’s rapid growth with both hands and take this chance to use good architecture and planning to make a real difference to the lives of Londoners.”

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