PSI seminar: alternative development options for responding to London's growth

For the next PSI seminar, Duncan Bowie will review the alternative developments options for London in the context of projected population growth and the Mayor’s draft 2050 Infrastructure Plan. After reviewing the last decade of development activity in London and considering the social, economic and environmental consequences, Duncan will outline future development options, including continued focus on high-density development in central London and the opportunity areas, suburban intensification, urban extensions, garden cities and regional dispersal. The presentation will present a critique of the compact city assumption enshrined within the 2004, 2008 and 2011 versions of the London Plan.

Duncan Bowie

Duncan Bowie is a Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning at the Department of Urban Development and Regeneration at the University of Westminster. He has extensive experience of spatial planning and housing strategy practice, having worked for the Mayor of London, the Association of London Government, the Housing Corporation, the London Docklands Development Corporation and the London boroughs of Newham and Lambeth.  He joined the University of Westminster in September 2010, and has published in professional journals on spatial planning and housing issues and published a book on planning and housing in London under the Mayoralty of Ken Livingstone (People, Planning and Homes in a World City, Routledge 2010). He undertakes research consultancy for the London Assembly Housing and Planning committees. He is also a member of the TCPA policy council and recently coordinated a research network for the Regional Studies Association on the governance and spatial planning of London, Paris and Berlin.

A sandwich lunch will be provided, and the talk will be followed by an opportunity for informal discussion. All are welcome; please RSVP to Bridget Elliott ( to indicate your attendance.