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Inquiry opens into Mayor's London Plan

An inquiry into the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone's draft alterations to the London Plan opened at City Hall today.

The Mayor reiterated to the inquiry that there is capacity to build an additional 30,650 new homes in the capital each year - a 33 per cent jump from the provisional targets set out in original plan published for consultation in October 2005.

Mr Livingstone said: 'If London is to sustain its position as a successful world city, we must work to achieve our housing targets, not only to help families in overcrowded housing, but to accommodate continuing household and population growth.

'The plan's policies also seek to ensure that we build good quality, well designed housing, of the right mix, in the right places and meeting high environmental standards.'

Mr Livingstone said that he had fulfilled his commitment to evaluate London's existing recycling and waste processing facilities by identifying new or enhanced facilities to meet targets for the capital to manage 85 per cent of its waste by 2020.

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