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How to house London’s surging population? Banish “boxland”

1,220 sites across the capital are currently occupied inefficiently by single-storey retail and industrial sheds

By Susan Emmett  

To say that London faces an enormous set of challenges as it grows is a timid understatement. Calls for more housing have been repeated so many times they have lost their sense of urgency. With a population projected to grow by 70,000 a year up to 10.5m by 2041, London also needs schools, shops, amenities and space for tens of thousands of new jobs. Workplaces must accommodate all manner of economic activity from small start-ups to big logistics and a spectrum of offices and light industry in between.

To prepare for such levels…

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