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London Plan criticised for not making city accessible

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London has been criticised for its lack of accessible facilities around the city.

The failing has been addressed by a London Assembly committee who have proposed a group of campaigners should be launched to make the capital more inclusive ahead of the next London Plan.

Jane Wilmot, chairperson of the Hammersmith and Fulham Disability Forum Planning Group, told BBC News: "Inclusive design needs to be a golden thread throughout the planning process.”

The London Assembly’s planning and regeneration committee have ask Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to congregate a group of local disabled people and organisations to improve the current London Plan which they believe does not offer "enough emphasis on embedding inclusive design to enable disabled people to live independently in their local communities or across London".

The London Plan, which is reviewed every few years, proposes how the city should develop over the next few decades.

Ms Wilmot, who provided evidence to the committee, said: "The reality is that most buildings, homes and places, even new ones, do not enable disabled people to enjoy the same opportunities in their local community that non-disabled people take for granted."

A spokesperson for Khan said: “The Mayor is committed to working with deaf and disabled people's organisations, charities, civil society organisations, businesses and other partners to understand and tackle barriers faced by disabled people."

The committee’s letter, authored by its Labour chair Sakina Sheikh, also highlighted concerns and inequalities in London’s planning system.

Sheikh wrote: "The 2021 London Plan was finalised before the pandemic, and the committee is acutely aware of how Covid-19 uncovered and exacerbated many of the inequalities in our society.

"As we continue to recover from the pandemic, it is critical to integrate our learnings and begin reviewing the London Plan sooner."

[ The first London Plan was first published in final form on 10 February 2004. ]

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