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    STRATEGIC ACCESS PANEL ANNUAL REPORT DECEMBER 2015 LONDON PLAN 2015 IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT COPYRIGHT Greater London Authority December 2015 Published by Greater London Authority City Hall The Queen’s Walk London SE1 2AA www.london.gov.uk enquiries 020 7983 4100 minicom 020 7983 4458 You can also view this document online and download it from: https://www.london.gov.uk


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    3 Front cover pointing at the access butterfly as it takes flight. The “Access Butterfly” image, created by Byron This represents the new generation pointing is based on a piece of art work created for the and focusing their attention at the beautiful Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The image emergence and taking flight of accessibility, of the butterfly was chosen because of it’s inclusivity and equality into the future. Water expressive representation of metamorphosis, the fountains being an iconic characteristic of the complete change of form through successive City of London landscape have been included to transformation stages. Illustrating the change represent the London context for the design. from a state of limited or restrained beauty, into Byron Konizi is a creative who has devoted his a stage of lost hidden beauty, to the sudden life to the mastering the arts. He has suffered transformation into something of great beauty, head injury and neurosurgery since childhood. a wonder of nature and a spectacular sight. Due to Byron’s ongoing battle with his enduring Byron also sees this transformation art, as health problems his art work is greatly inspired drawing unique parallels to the work on and influenced by topics such as health, the accessibility being undertaken by the Mayor life and death cycle, medicine, discrimination, of London’s Planning Department and Access equality and accessibility. All of Byron’s works Panel at City Hall. The London Access Panel are created with sincerity and integrity. was founded under the leadership of Ken Livingston (a former Mayor of London), the By Byron Konizi beginning of a beautiful thing. Economic uncertainty and austerity measures then cocooned the ability and functionality of the Access Panel. However, further transitioning in recent times has been happening and the Access Panel has been gaining more and more momentum in building its relationship with the planning department and a number of collaborators. This has lead to a great transformation in both the influence and status of the Access Panel, thus evolving into a beautiful thing. The art work not only reflects the history and evolvement of the access panel over several years, but also the anticipated future of the Access Panel, flying to new heights. The front cover design incorporates the ‘Access Butterfly’ representing transformation combined with a photograph taken by Byron Konizi of a London view which is located near City Hall along the riverside. The photograph captures a collection of people representing the diversity and inclusivity of London, surrounded by the celebrated water fountains located in the vicinity of the Mayor of London’s office. It also presents a child silhouette in the foreground


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT CONTENTS CHAIR’S LETTER 5 1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 6 2. KEY STATISTICS 7 3. POLICY BACKGROUND 9 4. SAP KEY PRINCIPLES/ ASPIRATIONS 11 5. 2015 SUMMARY OF WORK 13 6. WHO ARE THE GLA’S STRATEGIC ACCESS PANEL? 18 7. SAP’S AIMS FOR 2016 21 8. RESEARCH PROJECT 22 9. CLOSING STATEMENT BY THE MAYOR OF LONDON 23 10. APPENDIX 1: TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE STRATEGIC ACCESS PANEL 24 11. APPENDIX 2: GLA SUPPORT FOR THE STRATEGIC ACCESS PANEL 30


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    5 Dear Mayor, following, which are detailed more fully in the In this first annual report of the Strategic enclosed report: Access Panel (SAP), I hope to show that we -Transport for London Streetscape Guidance are responding to the challenge you set out in -Greenwich Peninsular Masterplan -Old Oak your foreword to the “Supplementary Planning and Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Guidance Shaping Neighbourhood’s Accessible Framework -Minor Alterations to the London London: Achieving an inclusive environment” in Plan- Housing Standards -Minor Alterations October 2014. to the London Plan- Parking Standards -Draft You said that you want London to be the Interim Housing Supplementary Planning most accessible City in the World and you Guidance -London Garden Bridge Scheme encouraged us to consider the content of the Proposals. Supplementary Planning Guidance and how I hope that you will agree that we have risen to we can continue this inclusive approach to your challenge to help make London “the most development. accessible city on earth”. The Strategic Access Panel was set up by the Greater London Authority in late 2014. Its Glyn Kyle MBE Chair – Greater London first meeting was on the 8th of January 2015, Authority Strategic Access Panel when it agreed its Terms of reference, which are included in full in Appendix 1. We agreed that the Strategic Access Panel (SAP) will assist the Mayor in delivering an inclusive and accessible city in accordance with the ambition behind London Plan Policy 7.2. We agreed that the SAP will offer technical guidance on: -GLA funded regeneration projects -large-scale strategic developments within Opportunity Areas -larger strategic planning applications where there is no borough access group involvement or access officer to advise on the project. We agreed that SAP will also assist with the on-going review of policies and standards related to the built environment and disabled and older Londoners. I am very grateful for the valuable input of all my colleagues on the SAP. They are listed in full in Section 6. I am also grateful for the hard work of GLA Officers Neil Smith and Rachel Smalley and to John Lett, Jennifer Peters, Pippa Jackson and Stewart Murray in the Planning Team for their helpful guidance and also to our presenters and observers from Development Corporations, Developers, Planners and Charities. My thanks go to them all. With all this input, in the first 12 months of our existence, the SAP commented formally on the


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT 1. INTRODUCTION AND The group is also made up of people who are BACKGROUND not representative of an organisation or charity but were appointed due to their personal Welcome to the Greater London Authorities experience of disability, and the barriers faced Strategic Access Panels first Annual Report. by disabled people. This Annual Report will provide background Many members would fall into both of these information on the group and its purpose, categories. introduce its members, highlight the work the Membership is therefore diverse, and is made up group has undertaken in its first year, and set of/ can draw upon a vast range of experience, out aims and objectives for the forthcoming both personal and professional, and due to this year. the group successfully adopts/ represents a The Strategic Access Panel (SAP) was set up by pan disability/ impairment approach- ‘covering’ and is run by the Greater London Authority’s physical, sensory and cognitive impairments. London Plan Team. The SAP held its first meeting on the 8th of The opportunity for people to become members January 2015. of the SAP was advertised in 2014, under the The SAP generally meets monthly at City Hall or original opportunity description: another GLA venue; holding 10 meetings a year, “to help ensure that inclusive solutions are and offers views, user experience design reviews delivered for large scale strategic regeneration and guidance/ advice on: projects within London (GLA funded and • GLA funded regeneration projects non-GLA funded) and larger scale planning • large-scale strategic developments applications where there is no borough access within Opportunity Areas group involvement or access officer to advise on the project.” • larger strategic planning applications where there is no borough access group Applications were received from people from involvement or access officer to advise a variety of backgrounds, and members and on the project. a panel Chair were appointed after a formal application and recruitment process at the end • Items of planning policy in relation to of 2014. access and inclusion This resulted in the Strategic Access Panel being • an ongoing review of relevant design made up of 10 ‘full’ members (including the standards relating to inclusive design Chair) and a number of ‘observer’ members Should you require any further information on from a variety of backgrounds. the GLAs Strategic Access Panel- please contact Some members of the group represent the GLAs London Plan Team. organisations or charities, for example: • Guide Dogs • Age UK London • Inclusion London • Attitude is Everything Some members were appointed on the basis of their professional expertise in the field of access for disabled people or inclusion.


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    7 2. KEY STATISTICS 350,000 additional house-holds) and will mean that older person households will constitute Number of disabled Londoners 25% of all households in London. Particularly substantial increases are expected in the There are 1 million disabled households in number of households with representatives London (30% of all London Households). aged over 85, which are forecast to more than (Source – Family Resources Survey published by double. Dept. Work and Pensions (2013/14)). In line with these trends, ONS (Office for The definition of disability – ‘a long standing National Statistics) statistics compiled by illness, disability or impairment which causes POPPI (Projecting Older People Population substantial difficulty with day to day activities’, Information System) show that significant and is therefore consistent with the core legal increases are forecast in the number of older definition under Equality Act 2010. people (aged over 65) who experience limiting long term illnesses which restrict their day-to- The need for accessible and adaptable housing day activities significantly. By 2030 there are in London (suitable for its diverse population expected to be over 350,000 individuals aged who would benefit from more inclusive access over 65 who are likely to fall into this category features can be evidenced by the Family in London, representing an increase of 44%. Resources Survey findings which suggest that 1.8 million households in London include (Sources – GLA central Household projections, either: a disabled household member; a child 2013) under five; or someone aged over 65. This Visitor numbers in London represents 52% of all households in London. All of these households would benefit from having The UK Travel Survey proved that disabled access to an M4(2) accessible and adaptable people and their families spent more than £1.8 dwelling. The definition of disability used in this billion on UK travel in 2009. When inbound publication is consistent with the core definition travel by European and overseas visitors is of disability under the Equality Act 2010. A included, the market grows substantially. person is considered to have a disability if In 1993, Touche Ross [Profiting from they have ‘a long-standing illness, disability or opportunities, 1993] estimated that 117 million impairment which causes substantial difficulty visits to Britain could be generated by disabled with day-to-day activities’.) travellers, including their travelling companions. The potential was estimated at £22 billion in (Source – Department for Work & Pensions, extra tourism expenditure for Europe overall. In Family Resource Survey – 2013-2-14, June other European countries, inclusive travel is a 2015) well-recognised market sector, which is actively Number of older Londoners promoted. Whilst London has a relatively young existing (Source - Accessible hotels in London, GLA, population profile compared to other areas in 2010) England, 20% of households include someone Travel in London aged over 65, and the overall number of these older person households in the capital is Disabled Londoners travel less frequently substantial – nearly 700,000. This is expected than non-disabled Londoners (1.9 journeys to increase to over 1 million households during per weekday compared with 2.8 for non- the period of the London Plan (2015 to 2035). disabled Londoners). Disabled Londoners This will represent an increase of 50% (over are more likely to walk (78 per cent) and use


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT buses (56 per cent) at least once a week than other types of transport. Lower proportions of disabled Londoners travel by Tube (16 per cent) and National Rail (eight per cent). The proportion is considerably lower than for non- disabled Londoners (41 per cent and 18 per cent respectively). Disabled Londoners are less satisfied with the streets and pavements on their last walking journey compared with non- disabled Londoners (51 per cent compared with 71 per cent). Public transport generally is less commonly used by disabled Londoners than non-disabled Londoners; 59 per cent of disabled Londoners have used any public transport (excluding walking) in the last year compared with 73 per cent of non-disabled Londoners. (Source –Travel in London: Understanding our diverse communities, TfL, September 2015) The SAP has a genuine appreciation of the statistics and the populations and people represented by these statistics, and therefore the ‘need’ for an Inclusive Environment in London. The SAP are therefore supportive of the Greater London Authority’s approach to creating Inclusive Environments via the planning process, and appreciate the opportunity which exists in the form of the planning process in terms of eliminating barriers for disabled people. The SAP have been pleased by the enthusiasm of the design teams who have presented to them over the last year- and look forward to continuing to work closely with developers over the coming year.


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    9 3. POLICY BACKGROUND disabled people and smaller groups that 1.1.1 One of the Mayor’s aims for London are subject or impairment specific.” is that everyone, whether resident, 3.4.5 For larger projects an access consultant visitor or worker, is able to participate could be employed to contact local and enjoy all that the city has to offer. disabled and older people to form a To help achieve this aim the London project specific group for the duration Plan 2011 includes a number of of the project. Such a group was policies which promote an inclusive formed for the Tottenham Football Club environment to help ensure that all redevelopment proposals. The club set of London’s diverse communities up a group with local disabled people can contribute to London’s growing along with disabled football supporters. economy and enjoy a high quality of The group met a number of times life. during the planning application process (Shaping Neighbourhoods Accessible and helped to articulate the access London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment. issues that needed to be addressed by Supplementary Planning Guidance) the designers. 3.4.6 Boroughs should endeavour to support The Supplementary Planning Guidance and service regular meetings with their document also goes onto state: local access group and older people’s 3.4 Access groups organisations forums, to ensure that the benefits of disabled people and older people’s of direct community involvement and forums the expertise of people with personal experience of disability can be reflected 3.4.1 The involvement of people with in the planning process. personal experience of impairments can often help in finding creative (Shaping Neighbourhoods Accessible solutions during detailed design London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment. development. The minutes of access Supplementary Planning Guidance) forum/ group meetings can provide an audit trail of how inclusive access has been considered throughout the development process. 3.4.2 Engagement with local access and older people’s groups can also help to highlight particular, sometimes local, access issues that need to be addressed. Disabled people are the experts in their own access requirements and the barriers they face. Discussion with designers can highlight areas of concern and help to identify particular barriers before the scheme progresses too far. Within London boroughs there can often be a major borough organisation/ group of


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT The Strategic Access Panel (SAP) will assist the decade, still experience considerable barriers to Mayor in delivering an inclusive and accessible living independent and dignified lives as a result City for residents of and visitors to London of the way the built environment is designed, to enjoy, in accordance with the ambition built and managed. behind London Plan Policy 7.2: An Inclusive Design Council CABE provide additional Environment: guidance on inclusive design, emphasising the The Mayor will require all new development importance of consultation with user groups: in London to achieve the highest standards of accessible and inclusive design and supports An inclusive society is one that leaves no the principles of inclusive design which seek one behind. to ensure that developments: Inclusive environments are places that work a can be used safely, easily and with better for everybody - whether that place is dignity by all regardless of disability, a school, office, park, street, care home, bus age, gender, ethnicity or economic route or train station. An inclusive approach circumstances to planning, design and management is an opportunity to use creativity and lateral b are convenient and welcoming with no thinking to make places that reflect the disabling barriers, so everyone can use diversity of people who want to use them. them independently without undue Inclusive environments are: effort separation or special treatment • Welcoming to everyone c are flexible and responsive taking • Responsive to people’s needs account of what different people say they need and want, so people can use • Intuitive to use them in different ways d. are realistic, • Flexible offering more than one solution to help balance everyone’s needs, recognising • Offer choice when a single design that one solution may not work for all.” solution cannot meet all user needs (The London Plan, The Spatial Development • Convenient so they can be used Strategy for London, Consolidated with without undue effort or special alterations since 2011.) separation and so that they maximise independence. This policy seeks to achieve the highest Crucial to this is consultation with user standards of accessible and inclusive design groups, putting people who represent in all new developments in London. Inclusive a diversity of age, ability, gender and design is a process to ensure the diverse community at the heart of the design needs of all Londoners are integrated into process. development proposals from the outset. This is key to ensuring that the built environment (http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/projects/ (including building, streets, open spaces and inclusive-environments) transport) is safe, accessible and convenient and The GLAs Strategic Access Panel represents an enables everyone to access jobs, opportunities opportunity for developers, policy officers and and facilities. It is fundamental to improving the decision makers, to put disabled people, and quality of life for all Londoners particularly for representatives from associated organisations, disabled and older people who, despite progress at the heart of the design process from the in building a more accessible city in the last outset- adopting a truly inclusive approach.


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    11 4. SAP KEY PRINCIPLES/ choice and dignity. ASPIRATIONS Specialist access expertise Design Council CABE emphasise that: “Inclusive The GLAs SAP would like to promote the use design is the responsibility of everyone who of access expertise at the beginning of the works in the built environment: planners, those development process, for example specialist who commission new buildings and places, access consultants or Borough level Access access consultants, designers, architects, Officers. Accessible London provides the engineers, surveyors, property owners and following guidance on this: facilities managers.” 3.3 The use of access expertise Designing and managing the built environment inclusively is essential if we are to create 3.3.1 The use of access expertise at the a fair society and meet current and future beginning of the development process challenges.” can: • help to embed the principles of The SAP support an Inclusive Design approach inclusive design into the project promoted by Design Council CABE (above) management process; and in The Mayor or London’s Supplementary Planning Guidance “Accessible London: • integrate a wide range of access; Achieving An Inclusive Environment”. requirements as a matter of course, The SAP are keen to assist developers in • ensure compliance with design ensuring achieving a barrier free development standards throughout all design which is welcoming, safe and usable for the stages; diverse population of London; including • help ensure that any particular disabled people. requirements are budgeted for from Careful consideration of inclusive design at an the outset and that inclusive access early stage in the development process can remains a requirement until project help prevent barriers being created, avoiding completion. undue effort, separation or special treatment, (Shaping Neighbourhoods Accessible enabling everyone- regardless of disability, age London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment. or gender to participate equally, confidently Supplementary Planning Guidance) and independently in mainstream activities with Source: Design Council CABE


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT Strategic Access Panels The SAP would also like to promote the use of site specific/ area specific Strategic Access Panels, as the following guidance from Accessible London SPG highlights: 3.5 The role of a strategic access forum 3.5.1 For major schemes where engagement with the developer is likely to be over a long period of time or where the local group does not have the capacity, resources or necessary specialist skills, it can be appropriate for the developer to set up a specific group for the duration of the project to consider access issues during the planning, design, construction and operation of the development. These forums are often referred to as strategic access forums and have proved to be very effective in ensuring that inclusive design principles are embedded into the scheme from the outset. (Shaping Neighbourhoods Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment. Supplementary Planning Guidance) Inclusive Design Training The Panel would also encourage organisations or developers to ensure that design teams are provided with training on Inclusive Design, to ensure the subject is embedded and seen as an ‘essential component’ of a development. Many of the above points are aspirational points rather than conditions of presentations being made to the group- so it was decided that these could go into the annual report under a new section on: aims of the group/ long term aspirations.


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    13 5. 2015 SUMMARY OF WORK Development projects presented at the GLAs SAP meetings in 2015 included: Greenwich Peninsula Revised Masterplan Greenwich Peninsula is one of the UK’s largest areas of public sector land with planning consent. Working in partnership with the Mayor of London and The Royal Borough of Greenwich, the master developer Knight Dragon is creating a new district for London, including thousands of homes, and offices, schools, shops and community facilities. Borough: Royal Borough of Greenwicn Developer: Knight Dragon What’s being delivered: This major new residential, business and leisure district will include around 10,000 new homes – including approximately 3270 affordable homes for rent or part-rent – along with 600 student beds, and 3.5 million sq ft of commercial floor space. Estimated gross development value: £5billion The SAP advised/ commented on: • Event management and people movement creating a division between the underground and tube station –and quality and accessibility of the public realm • Wayfinding and signage – defined accessible routes (including during construction) – location of dropped kerbs etc. along routes • Location (proximity) and % of disabled persons parking bays in the public realm/ for visitors • Demographic nature of the new neighbourhoods – reference to affordable housing • Level of accessible housing/accessible of housing to be provided • % of disabled person’s parking serving the new homes – 10% of homes being accessible • The need for appropriate social infrastructure to support the neighbourhoods Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs. Source: TfL Visual Image Service’


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT The Old Oak Common Opportunity Area A High Speed 2 and Crossrail interchange is due to be built at Old Oak Common in West London by 2026, and it will transform one of the most inaccessible parts of the capital into a well-connected, world-class transport hub, handling 250,000 passengers a day. To maximise this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launched the Development Corporation in April to drive forward future regeneration and deliver up to 25,500 homes and 65,000 jobs. It will look to create the standard-bearer for new sustainable neighborhoods, delivering housing and commercial development, creating opportunities for local people and driving innovation and growth in London and the UK. London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Chairman of the OPDC (Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation) Board, Sir Edward Lister, said: “The scale of the opportunity at Old Oak and Park Royal is enormous. Nowhere else in London has the potential to deliver so many new homes and jobs and it is vital that we deliver a new high-quality piece of the capital for the benefit of the area and the communities that surround it. This new group will help to ensure that our ambitions to secure world class architecture and exemplar place-making are realised.” The SAP advised/ commented on: • The accessibility of transport interchanges/ stations (entire journey approach) • Given the scale of the scheme, the formation of a scheme specific built environment access panel • Access/ inclusion ‘champions’ • The possibility of writing access/inclusion requirements into the tender process • Housing density figures and accessible housing • Future proofing the development for the diverse population of London and future populations Aerial photo of the Old Oak Common Opportunity Area- with a ‘red line’ defining the development area. (Source: Old Oak Common OAPF)


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    15 London’s Garden Bridge The Garden Bridge is a new 366m-long footbridge that will stretch across the River Thames, from the top of Temple underground station on the Northbank to the South Bank. The bridge will hold an expansive garden. Footpaths will weave through the garden, creating a new pedestrian route which will be free and open to all between the hours of 6am–midnight. Source: Garden Bridge Trust The SAP advised/ commented on: • -Provision of level access; lifts and ramps • Evacuation of disabled people in an emergency • Access from nearby public transport nodes • Inclusivity and ‘prominence’ of accessible routes/ features- equality in approach • Toilet provision • Suitability of surface finishes and materials proposed for a range of users- including wheelchair users and people with ambulant mobility difficulties • Provision and design of seating- suitable for a range of users, as well as adequate levels of provision • Involvement of access professionals in the design process • Involvement of disabled people/ access groups during the design process • Minimum design standards and achieving the ‘highest standards’ in inclusive and accessible design. Artists impression of the Garden Bridge from looking East up the Thames. (Source: Garden Bridge Trust)


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT Consultations which have been presented to the SAP included: Transport for London’s (TfL’s) “Streetscape Guidance” Streetscape Guidance Overview Last published in 2009, TfL’s draft revised ‘Streetscape Guidance’ is a publicly accessible document that provides easy access to standard materials and illustrative layouts recommended for London’s streets - and in particular the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). Source: Draft Revised Streetscape Guidance, TfL:. The document (due for public consultation early 2016) provides an update on the street types work, design principles, materials, and technical standards and aims to be a designer’s first port of call for any work involving London’s streets. It has now been comprehensively updated to reflect established and emerging best practice and several changes in policy, including the work of the ‘Better Streets’ programme and the ‘Roads Task Force’.


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    17 Draft Interim Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (Greater London Authority) The SAP submitted formal consultation comments on the Greater London Authorities Draft Interim Housing SPG (Supplementary Planning Guidance) in June 2015. Minor Alterations to the London Plan (Housing and Parking) (Greater London Authority). The SAP submitted formal consultation comments into the Minor Alterations to the London Plan consultation process in June 2015, and members of the group spoke at the Examination in Public of the Minor Alterations in October 2015. Training provided on the National Housing Standards Review (Department for Communities and Local Government) The final Housing Standards Review outcome was published on 27 March 2015 which included a new approach to the setting of technical housing standards in England and a new set of streamlined national technical standards, including those on accessible housing. The group received training on the outcome of the review in early 2015, to ensure the group are up to date on the latest developments in terms of accessible housing.


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT 6. WHO ARE GLA’S STRATEGIC ACCESS PANEL? MEMBERS INCLUDE… Glyn Kyle Position on SAP: Chair Glyn is the former Chair of Age UK London, and is currently a Trustee of Age UK East London. He is involved in consumer representation. In Housing, he is an independent board member of Orbit East & South and Chair of its Operations Committee, and was appointed more recently an independent member of Swan’s Operations Committee.In Transport, he is a board member and the accessibility champion at London TravelWatch, the operating name of London Transport Users’ Committee. In Health, he is the Chair of Health Watch City of London. Robert Harris Position on SAP: Full member Robert Harris is Engagement Manager for Guide Dogs in London, he is also a member of the London Vision Impairment Forum so represents the views of vision impaired people when it comes to accessibility in London. Robert has a passion for his role within Guide Dogs in reaching out to blind and partially sighted people in the city, promoting the range of mobility services available and ensuring vision impaired people enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Sue Elsegood Position on SAP: Full member Sue a passionate campaigner for Access, Inclusion,Rights and Independent Living. She is a Trustee & Volunteer for GAD-CIL (Greenwich Association of Disabled People’s Centre for Independent Living) since 1990, and a Disability Rights Activist in DAN (Disabled People’s Direct Action Network) since its formation in 1992. A founding Forum Member of AATO2 (Access At The O2) since 2008 and has been a Member of the LAF (London Access Forum) prior to the formation of the current SAP in 2014. Salli Booth Position on SAP: Full member Salli is a Building Surveyor who has worked for Local Government, including the Greater London Council and the Inner London Education Authority.Salli is a lifelong campaigner around Equality andthe Built Environment.Salli sat on the Management Committee ofHaringey Disability First Consortium and is alsoa Founder-member and the Chair of Disabled people; 14% of Harringey, and is a member of the Transport for London Independent Disability Advisory Group.


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    19 Peter Barker OBE Position on SAP: Full member Peter graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and has worked in industry for 30 years. Later he set up the Joint Mobility Unit (JMU) Access Partnership. He was a member of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and Chaired their Built Environment Group. He was chair of the Joint Committee on Mobility of Blind and Partially Sighted people (JCMBPS), and has been a member of numerous committees involved in writing and setting standards and government policy. Gordon Deuchars Position on SAP: Full member Gordon Deuchars works for Age UK London: who are a London regional charity (separate from Age UK who are a national charity). Gordon’s specialist areas are policy, influencing and campaign work to promote older people’s issues in London. He has developed and coordinated campaigns on issues ranging from social care to transport and employment for older people. Before joining Age UK London, Gordon was Policy Officer for AGE, the European Older People’s Platform, where Gordon was responsible for developing international networks on issues like pension reform and social inclusion. Gideon Feldman Position on SAP: Full member Gideon is the Senior Project Manager with “Attitude is Everything”, a charity supporting the music and events industries be as accessible as they can be for Deaf and disabled customers, performers and employees. With a background in Production and Tour Management, experience of working large scale festivals and multisport events he has an understanding of what can be achieved and how to influence change from an event specific environment. Mik Scarlet Position on SAP: Full member Mik has been passionate about inclusive design for decades, which has led him to venture into the world of access consultancy and inclusivity training alongside his career in the media. Mik believes strongly that onceinclusive design and practices have been adopted, on a national and international scale, disabled people will no longer be excluded from society.Mik is proud of the work the panel do in assisting the Mayor and GLA to ensure London is a shining light of inclusion and access for all.


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT Val Fone Position on SAP: Full member Val is the Director of Action and Rights of Disabled People in Newham. As a disabled person, she is passionate about doing all she can to ensure that she and other disabled people have access to inclusive environments. Val has represented Action and Rights of Disabled People in Newham on many access forums such as the London Access Forum, the Olympic Delivery Authority Access and Inclusion Panel and Accessible Transport Panel as well as the Stratford City Consultative Access Group. She is currently an active participant of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s Built Environment Access Panel, and Transport for London’s Sub Regional Mobility Forum. Clive Durdle Position on SAP: Full member I have forty years’ experience of health, social, and housing services including being a Director of a User Led Organisation, degree in Social Administration, Master’s Degree in Urban Policy, professional qualifications in social work, housing and access and being the Chair of a cooperative Housing Association. I believe we can finding solutions together to the issues we face, by thinking through carefully where we have come from, where we are and asking where we wish to be. I use ecological, person centred and whole systems thinking with community development ideas and inclusive design to find sustainable and inclusive solutions. Rita Olufunmi Adeoye Position on SAP: Observer member Rita is an Access Officer for the London Borough of Redbridge. Previously worked for JMU Access partnership, Rita has a masters in Inclusive Environments – Design and Management: University of Reading and is a member of the NRAC (National register of Access Consultants). She is particularly interested in widening awareness of access issues in every sector and assists the local authority in ensuring their services are accessible to disabled people regardless of their abilities. In my role, I currently interface on behalf of disabled people in carrying out my responsibilities with Members, senior officers and outside bodies.


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    21 7. SAPs AIMS FOR 2016 • To continue to work with the developers who present to the group- to create SAP will work tirelessly to ensure that inclusive schemes which achieve the highest design principles are embedded into their work standards in inclusive design. through their aims, which for the coming year • The SAP have been pleased by the are; enthusiasm of the design teams who To engage with the new Mayor of London have presented to them over the last • To continue to provide support to the year- and look forward to continuing to GLAs Development and Projects Team, work closely with developers over the and continue to advise on strategic coming year. planning applications, which are referred to the Greater London Authority for decision. • To continue to work with the GLAs London Plan Team on emerging policy in relation to inclusive design and access issues. • To assist the Greater London Authority with the scheduled full review of the London Plan: the spatial development strategy for London. • To continue to support and promote the policies and principles contained in the Supplementary Planning Guidance Document Accessible London: Achieving an Inclusive Environment. • To support the Mayors new Housing Standards in terms of accessible housing i.e. the application of the Building Regulations optional standards M4(2) accessible and adaptable dwellings and M4(3) wheelchair user dwellings. • To encourage developers to employ access professionals as part of their design teams, from the outset- to ensure inclusive design is incorporated and embedded into the process at the earliest possible stage. • To encourage developers and design teams to ensure that their teams have received training on inclusive design, specifically access and inclusion for disabled people.


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT 8. RESEARCH PROJECT The GLAs SAP is keen to promote the use of access panels, in particular in relation to the creation of the built environment, and as such will be taking part in the following research project being undertaken by Professor Rob Imrie and Goldsmiths University of London over the forthcoming year: The role of access panels: a research project, directed by Professor Rob Imrie We are a research team based in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London running a three-research project looking at the role of inclusive design in shaping the design of the built environment. We are particularly interested in how designers and their teams respond to the views and observations of people who are ordinarily not part of the design process. We believe that it is impossible to design well without the views and ideas of such people. Over the next year, we want to find out more about how access panels are operating to make a difference to the ways in which designers and their teams approach the design process. We have three specific objectives: To find out about how the access panel was set up and how its members work with one another to achieve outcomes. To observe how the access panel interacts with designers and development teams, and how they are able to shape their views and actions. To find out what designers and development teams think of the experience in meeting the access panel and how they respond to them. You can find out more about our work by visiting the following web site: http://universalisingdesign.info Email: rob.imrie@gold.ac.uk Rob Imrie, August 30th 2015


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    23 9. CLOSING STATEMENT GLA Strategic Access Panel Annual Report 2015 In the Foreword to Accessible London: creating Strategic Access Panel. an inclusive environment SPG I encouraged Along with the Accessible London SPG, the users of the document to consider the content Strategic Access Panel is working to provide of the SPG and how we could continue this guidance on what measures developers can inclusive approach to development and make include in their building designs and operations London the most accessible city on earth. to achieve the highest standards of access My 20:20 Vision sets out what is needed for and inclusion, drawing upon real life user London to thrive as the best city in the world. experience. I also want London to be the most accessible The Strategic Access Panel are working with city in the world. We have shown what we can developers and the GLA policy makers, making do in the Olympic Park and we can use that a very valuable contribution to helping achieve experience to ensure that all new development my aim of London being the most accessible in London maintains this high level of City in the world. accessibility - helping to change perceptions of disability and enabling disabled people to Congratulations on this important work. be part of our economy and fully contribute to our great city. All proposals can learn from the Olympic and Paralympic experience and can aim as high. This is not just about disabled people. We have a growing population of older people and as we get older we all start to experience barriers to living independent and dignified lives as a result Boris Johnson of the way buildings, places and spaces have Mayor of London been designed, built and managed. I am delighted that the London Plan Team has taken these aspirations on board, and have set up the Greater London Authority’s (GLA’s)


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT 10. APPENDIX 1. GLA officers or the Mayor; both at the pre-application stage and in response Terms of Reference of the Strategic to formal consultation on planning Access Panel applications for projects particularly those where there is no other local Consultative 1. Scope Access Forum in place. 1.1 The Strategic Access Panel (SAP) will 2.3 To provide information to the Mayor, in assist the Mayor in delivering an inclusive relation to Inclusive Design Standards and accessible city in accordance with the and built environment proposals for GLA ambition behind London Plan Policy 7.2 funded infrastructure projects which do An Inclusive Environment which states: not have in place a Consultative Access Forum. “The Mayor will require all new development in London to achieve 2.4 To work with the GLA to develop solutions the highest standards of accessible to access and inclusion issues raised and inclusive design and supports the through GLA funded projects, including principles of inclusive design which seek to those identified during wider public ensure that developments: consultation. 2.5 To form smaller workgroups, as and when a can be used safely, easily and with dignity required, to provide specialist advice by all regardless of disability, age, gender, and support in relation to those projects ethnicity or economic circumstances detailed within 2.4 above. b are convenient and welcoming with no 2.6 Such comment to be given in an accurate disabling barriers, so everyone can use and timely manner. them independently without undue effort separation or special treatment 3. Chair c are flexible and responsive taking account 3.1 The Chair of the SAP will be appointed of what different people say they need through an advertised recruitment process and want, so people can use them in and must have the appropriate relevant different ways experience in the field of inclusive design. d are realistic, offering more than one 3.2 The Chair will be appointed for a term of solution to help balance everyone’s needs, 3 years before a process of re-recruitment recognising that one solution may not will take place. work for all.” 3.3 The Chair is expected to attend and Chair 1.2 The agenda for SAP meetings will be set all SAP meetings, and if they cannot by GLA Officers. attend a meeting they should nominate 2. Objectives another group member to Chair the meeting in their place. 2.1 To comment upon information supplied from the GLA, and on occasion, other 4. Membership stakeholders, regarding the design of the 4.1 Total membership of SAP will not exceed built environment within Opportunity 10 individuals who will each have Areas. appropriate experience in the area of 2.2 To provide comment on strategic planning inclusion and access. These will include proposals when requested to do so by but are not limited to representatives of organisations of disabled people


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    25 and relevant community groups / Observer members should notify the forums, national disability and access relevant GLA officers of their intent to organisations, bodies and charities attend 2 weeks in advance, to allow specialising in inclusion and access for arrangements for at-tendees to be made. disabled people. 4.7 The membership list (full and observer) 4.2 Members will be appointed by the GLA will be varied as appropriate by the GLA or following an advertised recruitment by the Chair, and can be reviewed at any process. appropriate point. 4.3 Members will stand for a maximum of 4.8 Additional members including; access a 3 year term, before a process of re- experts or access consultants may be recruitment will take place. co-opted to the SAP, where particular expertise is required at the discretion of 4.4 Members of the group will be expected to the Chair and the GLA. attend the majority of formal meetings. If a Member who represents an organisation 5. Meeting Frequency knows they will not be able to attend a 5.1 5.1The SAP will generally meet monthly, meeting, they should (wherever possible) dates, times and locations to be appoint a colleague or someone else determined / set by the GLA. from their organisation (when part of an organisation) to attend as an observer in 5.2 Panel members may be asked to attend their place. Individual members should smaller working groups in addition to the send apologies. monthly meetings at the discretion of the Chair and subject to their own availability. 4.5 Apologies should, wherever possible be Where they are asked to do so, it will be provided 2 weeks in advance of meetings. clarified at point of invitation whether Member attendance will be reviewed they will receive attendance payment or via an annual review process, and any will be able to claim travel (see point 13.) members whose attendance is not felt to It will then be at the member’s discretion be satisfactory will be asked to stand down whether they decide to attend or not. as full members of the group. 5.3 GLA will endeavour to circulate meeting 4.6 Observers may include but are not limited minutes within 2 weeks of meetings. to: Invitations, agenda, minutes and other • The GLA Development Planning and papers will be circulated at least one week Strategic Planning Teams; in advance of the meetings wherever possible. • The GLA’s Principal Advisor on Access; 5.4 Members of the group will be given at • and least one months’ notice of full SAP • The GLA’s Housing and Land Directorate meetings, and at point of notice will be and Regeneration Team. informed of the date, time and location of • Other interested parties, Borough the meeting. representatives, representatives of relevant organisations who do not already have representatives on the panel.


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT 6. Authority 10. Reasonable Adjustments 6.1 From time to time, GLA officers may seek 10.1 Reasonable adjustments are changes that particular information from members and the GLA will make to policies, practices, their allied organisations (i.e. working service provision and to the physical groups) through structures deriving from features of premises, where they act to or reporting initially to the SAP. disadvantage the involvement of disabled 6.2 Any working groups deriving from the people. SAP (see 5.2) shall report to the SAP in a 10.2 The GLA recognise the duty to make timely manner. reasonable adjustments in a timely 7. Annual Review manner once they are made aware of any requests/ requirements. 7.1 7.1The GLA and the groups Chair will undertake an annual review every 12 10.3 When organising meetings the GLA will months, assessing: ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to enable disabled people who • The effectiveness of the group/ are full members of the SAP to actively structure of meetings participate in meetings. • Group members attendance 10.4 Members of guests or speakers of the • Whether members are (where relevant) SAP who request reasonable adjustments reporting back to their organisations should request them at least 3 weeks prior to the SAP meeting, to allow • Group members’ general adherence to arrangements/ bookings to be made. If these Terms of Refer-ence. a member who has requested reasonable 8. Accountability and Reporting adjustments finds they cannot attend, 8.1 Any meetings held under the provision they should (unless in the case of of item 6.2 shall be reported to the next unavoidable emergency) notify the GLA meeting of the SAP. 2 weeks before the meeting to allow the cancellation of any booking. Any members 8.2 GLA representatives shall ensure that failure to do so will be discussed in the issues raised in meetings of the SAP are SAPs annual review. brought directly and expeditiously to the attention of the responsible staff in their 10.5 Requests for reasonable adjustments from organisations/ back to external presenters. observer members of the SAP will be considered on a case by case basis. 8.3 Members who represent an organisation should (where appropriate) keep their 11. Travel expenses organisation up to date with the groups 11.1 Full SAP members will be reimbursed for work- feeding back and updating where reasonable travel expenses they incur appropriate. when attending meetings of the SAP on a 9. Key Inputs cost recovery basis. 9.1 The SAP will require the following inputs 11.2 In accordance with the GLA’s Expenses for its meetings: and Benefits Framework public transport should be used wherever possible: “The • Minutes and action logs from previous Mayor and Assembly are committed to meetings the use of public transport. Everyone is • Project presentations (preferably in expected to use public transport wherever advance of meeting wherever possible).


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    27 possible, and taxis and private cars should meeting they attend. Observer members only be used when public transport is cannot claim this payment. unavailable or impractical. Where a taxi 12.2 This is not intended as a payment to or private car is used an explicit reason members attending as part of their full must be given as to why public transport time employment e.g. members employed is unavailable or impractical in order for by an organisation attending SAP to the claim to be processed. A statement to represent that organisation. the effect that “public transport was not available” is not sufficient in relation to 12.3 Following each meeting SAP Members the use of taxis or cars. wishing to receive their ‘ GLA Participant Incentive Payment’ should complete the If a member of the SAP needs to use ‘GLA Participant Incentive Payment form’ personal transport as public transport is and return it to Preety Sahaye (Business not accessible for them, this should be Support Officer). stated on the claim form. 13. Additional meetings 11.3 The following guidance from the GLA’s 13.1 If full members of the SAP are asked to Expenses and Benefits Framework should attend additional or sub group meetings, also be followed: it will be clarified at point of invitation “All claims for Oyster card journeys must whether they will receive recognition be supported by a printout of the journeys payment or expenses payment for undertaken with the GLA business attending these meetings. It will then be journeys highlighted and the reason for at the member’s discretion whether they the journey stated on the expense claim decide to attend or not. form.” “Standard class is the normal class 14. Confidentiality, public statements/ of travel”. Press/ Media/ Social Media 11.4 Full members must always submit original 14.1 SAP members (full members and receipts to support the ex-pense claim. observers) may be given access to Members must also explain the nature and confidential or ‘non-public’ information. In purpose of the expense i.e. members must agreeing to these Terms of Reference and explain why an expense was incurred as in addition to any other obligations that well as what the expense was. members may have to the GLA Family. 11.5 Where receipts cannot be obtained (for 14.2 SAP members (full members and example, when an Oyster Card is used for observers) will not directly or indirectly for business travel), members should provide any purpose other than their membership a description of the SAP related meeting of the SAP: attended when the expense form is submitted (such as a print out of journey i disclose any confidential information from the registered Oyster). to any third party (including organisations individuals may be 11.6 Expenses payments can only be made to representing on the SAP) except as full SAP members. Observer Members of expressly permitted; or the SAP/ observers at meetings cannot claim expenses. ii make any statement to, or communicate with the media or social 12. Recognition Payment media in respect of confidential 12.1 1The GLA will make a payment of £50 to information or in any way publish the full members of the SAP for each panel same;


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT 14.3 SAP members (full members and observers) will be clearly informed when information is confidential or ‘non-public’ and discussions are to be ‘off the record’. 14.4 Confidential information will remain so for as long as it is confidential to the GLA or to any third party to whom the GLA owes a duty of confidentiality. 14.5 This will not prevent SAP members from using or disclosing any confidential information which they are authorised to use or disclose as required to disclose by law.) 14.6 Members may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement by the GLA if required, either to cover all SAP activities, or to cover a single project/ scheme. 14.7 SAP Members should not claim to or give the impression that they represent the views of, (in writing or verbally) the SAP, either publically or privately, without approval from the GLA and the Chair.


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    29 Appendix 1: Map 2.4 from the London Plan 43 32 6 40 14 7 16 36 45 23 26 27 19 18 12 39 5 22 25 31 41 28 29 37 35 21 30 34 3 17 13 38 10 11 24 4 1 33 9 15 42 20 44 2 8 Opportunity Area Area for Intensification © Crown Copyright and database right 2013. Ordnance Survey 100032216 GLA Opportunity Areas Areas for Intensification 1 Bexley Riverside 20 Lewisham, Catford & New Cross 39 Farringdon/Smithfield 2 Bromley 21 London Bridge, Borough & Bankside 40 Haringey Heartlands/Wood Green 3 Canada Water 22 London Riverside 41 Holborn 4 Charlton Riverside 23 Lower Lee Valley (including Stratford) 42 Kidbrooke 5 City Fringe/Tech City 24 Old Kent Road 43 Mill Hill East 6 Colindale/Burnt Oak 25 Paddington 44 South Wimbledon/Colliers Wood 7 Cricklewood/Brent Cross 26 Park Royal 45 West Hampstead Interchange 8 Croydon 27 Old Oak Common 9 Deptford Creek/Greenwich Riverside 28 Royal Docks and Beckton Waterfront 10 Earls Court & West Kensington 29 Southall 11 Elephant & Castle 30 Thamesmead & Abbey Wood 12 Euston 31 Tottenham Court Road 13 Greenwich Peninsula 32 Upper Lee Valley 14 Harrow & Wealdstone 33 Vauxhall, Nine Elms & Battersea 15 Heathrow 34 Victoria 16 Ilford 35 Waterloo 17 Isle of Dogs 36 Wembley 18 Kensal Canalside 37 White City 19 King’s Cross - St Pancras 38 Woolwich Source: The London Plan 2015 (consolidated with alterations since 2011)


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    STAT E G I C ACC ESS PA N EL A NNUA L R E P O RT 11. APPENDIX 2. GLA support for the Strategic Access Panel was provided in 2015 by: John Lett Strategic Planning Manager The London Plan Team Jennifer Peters Strategic Planning Manager The London Plan Team Neil Smith Interim Principal Advisor (Access) The London Plan Team Rachel Smalley Interim Principal Advisor (Access) The London Plan Team Pippa Jackson Interim Principal Advisor (Access) The London Plan Team


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