The CPA was pleased to welcome nearly 100 members to our morning policy seminar with senior officials from the City of London Corporation yesterday. Taking place on the same day as the launch of a new experimental scheme banning all traffic, except buses and cycles, from Bank junction, on weekdays between 7am and 7pm, the launch provided an apt backdrop for the panel to present the City Corporation’s vision for the Square Mile.
Carolyn Dwyer, Director of the Built Environment, gave a visual presentation on the future of the City, followed by a speech by Christopher Hayward, Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee. Iain Simmons, Assistant Director of City Transportation, concluded with an overview of the changes to Bank junction. The seminar was kindly hosted by CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Carolyn Dwyer explained the City of London’s three priorities when planning for growth: placemaking, capacity and connectivity. She went on to summarise its key initiatives including the future of Aldgate, the Eastern tall buildings cluster, the cultural hub, IT connectivity and, Crossrail See the presentation slides here Christopher Hayward, Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee, explained the immediate aims for the Bank Junction experiment are improving pedestrian safety, cyclist safety and air quality. Mr Hayward also told CPA members that in personal opinion the potential long term ambition of the project, of it’s a success, could potentially be the creation of a pedestrianised public piazza in the heart of the City.
He also explained the importance of Crossrail in enabling 16,000 City based activities being available to a regional population of over 20 million and focused on the City’s growing working population and how we need flexible work space to accommodate a future workforce of 500,000 in the Square Mile.
He noted that with expansion that it needs to be sustainable, and therefore this will all be laid out in the City’s Local Plan, as well as the London Plan, which will drive forward sustainable growth. He ended on wanting to make sure the City is a place people want to be in and is prepared for the culture and business of the 21st and reiterated his gratitude for close cooperation from CPA and its members.