Last edited 07 Nov 2020

Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment SPG

The London Plan is a statutory strategy required by the Greater London Authority Act 1999. It is prepared by the Mayor of London and provides a spatial development strategy setting out an economic, environmental, transport and social framework for the development of London.

The Mayor also publishes Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for London which provides additional details on policies set out in the London Plan. A range of Best Practice Guidance (BPG’s) documents are also published.

Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment is a piece of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG). The 2014 Edition was published in draft form for consultation in April 2014, and the final version was published on 28 October 2014.

Accessible London is part of the London Plan Implementation Framework and relates to the implementation of policies for inclusive design in the London Plan, in particular, policy 7.2: An Inclusive Environment and policy 7.1 Building London’s neighbourhoods and communities.

Ultimately, it will form part of the Shaping Neighbourhoods Portfolio that is likely to have 5 parts:

In the foreword to Accessible London, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson states, 'The purpose of this SPG is to help anyone developing in London today to use the lessons learnt from the Games (the 2012 Olympics). It provides guidance on the easiest and most cost effective way to achieve these goals. It provides guidance on what measures developers can include in their building designs and operations to achieve the highest standards of access and inclusion.'

Accessible London does not introduce new policy, but provides guidance on implementing inclusive design principles to create a city in which its diverse residents, visitors and workers can participate in and contribute to whilst enjoying a high quality of life. In promoting this goal, it places particular emphasis on the access needs of disabled and older people.

The GLA state that Accessible London:

It provides specific guidance on implementation in relation to:

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