London draws on Olympic lessons to improve access for disabled

London Mayor Boris Johnson has issued detailed planning advice for planners and developers aimed at making the capital as accessible as possible for disabled people. The Accessible London Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) builds on lessons learnt from hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The SPG:

  • Gives guidance on London Plan policies on the creation and promotion of an accessible and inclusive environment
  • Gives local planning authorities advice on how to incorporate and implement policies
  • Explains the principles of inclusive design and how principles should be applied in London
  • Gives designers ideas on where to find good technical advice and guidance
  • Gives disabled people, older people and others who experience barriers in the built environment an understanding of what to expect from planning in London
  • Identifies legislation and national planning policy guidance relevant to the promotion of an inclusive environment
  • Provides signposts to other relevant London Plan SPG documents and implementation guides that impact on the delivery of an inclusive environment.

Boris Johnson said: “The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were widely recognised as the most inclusive ever and one way we achieved that was through the design of the venues and the Park. I am determined that we use that experience to ensure that all new developments in London maintains this high level of accessibility – helping to change perceptions of disability and enabling disabled people to be part of our economy and fully contribute to our great city.” The 2012 venues and park were designed with accessibility enshrined into their design.

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