Re/Shaping London

Unlocking Sustainable Growth in West London and Beyond

The Report

Reshaping London: Unlocking Sustainable Growth in West London and Beyond  was commissioned by The London Society, who promoted the original green belt after the First World War. Jonathan Manns of Colliers and Nicholas Falk from URBED consulted a range of experts to come up with a vision for  how London could accommodate the pressures for new housing on the West side of London. URBED provided a series of comparative analyses of the Western Wedge that revealed the potential for development along the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union Canal,   with a new orbital railway line to open up development opportunities in the neglected Colne Valley to the North of Heathrow Airport. A new garden city at Northolt Airfield would create another new town served by three Underground Stations. The report has been well received, and hopefully provides a fresh vision to inform the update of the London Plan and aspirations for A City in the West.

The Authors 

Nicholas Falk

Dr Nicholas Falk is an economist and urbanist, and founded the research and consultancy group URBED in 1976, as well as being a founding trustee of the URBED Trust. He has undertaken studies for the Greater London Authority, including a toolkit for making London’s suburbs more sustainable. He won the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize with David Rudlin for showing how to build new garden cities that are visionary, viable and popular. URBED now specialises in masterplanning and urban design, and examples in London include an award winning housing scheme at Brentford Lock for ISIS.

Jonathan Manns

Jonathan Manns is an urbanist. He is Head of Regeneration and Director of Planning at Colliers International. He is Convenor of the APPG on London’s Planning and Built Environment and a Trustee of the London Society. A chartered planner and surveyor, he advises various public- and privatesector clients on major development proposals; including tall buildings, large-scale regeneration and strategic housing schemes. He is an expert adviser to various organisations and institutions internationally; counselling, speaking and writing for public and professional audiences in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA.


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