As a Society that brings London together, we lead debates about the future of the city. This include various publications and high-profile events which allow people to engage in the discussions that affect them.
London’s parliamentarians have, historically, been very-much at the heart of this. In the 1920s, the Society had its own Parliamentary Committee which included the majority of London MPs and Peers.
Yet, until recently, no such opportunity to specifically debate the future of the capital existed, either within the Society or beyond. For this reason the Society worked to convene the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on London’s Planning and Built Environment in October 2015; the first-cross party group to focus on London in nearly fifty years.
The APPG exists to provide a forum for discussion and a coherent national voice for everyone who lives and works in London. In doing so, it brings together those from both Houses of Parliament to explore the things that really matter in shaping a better city; Housing, Infrastructure, Economy and Places amongst these.
The London Society provides the secretariat for the APPG. It is an active group which meets several times per year. The Chair is Rupa Huq MP (Labour) with Paul Scully MP (Conservative) as Vice Chair. The Honorary Secretary is Helen Hayes MP (Labour) and the Lords Liaison is the Bishop of London.
To receive information about meetings of the APPG, please provide your email address here.
In 2016 the APPG commissioned Jonathan Manns and Dr Nicholas Falk to prepare an independent report on improvements to London’s planning. The resulting Re/Shaping London report is available here. In 2017 the APPG intends to focus on issues related to Sadiq Khan’s emerging London Plan.