The All-Party Parliamentary Group on London's Planning and Built Environment, for which The London Society acts as the secretariat, published its 'Suburban Taskforce' report yesterday (5 September) at a meeting in the Palace of Westminster.
The ‘Suburban Taskforce’ was established in 2020 to try to understand what ‘suburban’ really means in modern Britain. Formed by a cross-party group of politicians who came together with experts from a range of backgrounds, the aim was to shine a light on the suburbs and identify and secure the clear, long-term and properly resourced policies needed to support thriving, sustainable and inclusive suburban areas.
The Taskforce found England’s suburbs to be in desperate need of attention, with far greater diversity than is commonly acknowledged and considerable pressures to change; caused in part by increasing tensions in areas being asked to accommodate large amounts of new development and raising concerns around potential ‘tipping points’.
The Taskforce’s key recommendations are that:
And some coverage of the report's findings can be found on the links below: