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Plans to turn offices into homes “will put London’s economic growth at risk”

Plans to turn offices into homes could “jeopardise London’s future economic growth”.

This is according to Nicky Gavron, chair of the planning committee at the London Assembly, who said that such plans “could do more harm than good”.

“The Committee heard worrying evidence about the potential impact on jobs and small businesses. This is an unnecessary and ill-thought through idea which will lead to serious unintended consequences,” he added.

The London Assembly’s Planning Committee has written to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, urging him to reconsider the plans as it believes that it could lead to a shortage of business premises in future years.

And the organisation said that experts have said that if the move goes ahead it could result in the loss of a quarter of office space in central London.

Meanwhile, Gavron also raised concerns about proposals to remove protection on London’s river wharves and claimed it will put the sites under immense pressure to be redeveloped into riverside flats.

“If these sites are snapped up by developers that rules out the option of transporting waste by river in coming years and so reduces our potential to tap into the emerging green economy.

“Once gone, they are gone forever, and the Thames will slowly cease being a working river,” he stated.

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