Michael Edwards

Just Space community-led recovery plan for London

In order to create a future that differs from the past, sixty diverse London groups have worked together to construct a post-pandemic recovery plan. Students at Bartlett have played a key role in encouraging this process and are now supporting its execution.

Cover of Just Space Recovery Plan. Drawing by Lucinda Rogers

The Just Space Recovery Plan calls for a radical change of course

More than 60 community groups and campaigners contributed to the Just Space Recovery Plan, being published on Monday 4 April 2022. It calls for a radical change of course in London’s planning: less a developers’ city, more a city for its people.
The Just Space network was formed to bring together a diverse range of groups to participate in London planning, which is usually dominated by town planners and developers. During Covid19 the network created its own community-led Recovery Plan, a set of policies that is a call for action for a positively different post-pandemic London: people-centred rather than development-centred. The Plan aims to reverse the inequalities that the pandemic has brutally exposed.

A Pluriversal Recovery Plan In keeping with Just Space principles of seeking consensus, great care was taken to record diverse and divergent positions through a series of workshop debates. Designed to minimise bias, this innovative approach used an empathic understanding of each other’s different knowledge and lived experiences, which was distilled into a collective vision and coherent set of policies. One workshop participant named the approach ‘pluriversal’.The document ranges from the personal to the collective, from the neighbourhood to the city-wide. The 44 policy positions converge on strong demands for
• A Caring City
• Visibility & Influence For All
• A City Of Local Neighbourhoods
• Priority For Climate And Nature

The Recovery Plan calls for action by community organisations as well as the Authorities. The way development takes place needs to change radically: planning and building can’t continue as the servant of a small minority of financial interests at the expense of existing communities and the things they value.

Michael Edwards who is an Honorary Professor, the Bartlett School of Planning, stated:
‘What is needed is an emergency programme: something like post-war reconstruction. Special measures are called for and this is recognised by the many who say the future must be different from the past.’

Download the recovery plan 


Name Michael Edwards (he/him)
Role Staff
Department The Bartlett School of Planning


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