'Public life in private hands: Managing London's public space' has just been published. It's the report of the Greater London Assembly's Planning and Housing Committee. Since October of last year the committee has been reviewing the Mayor’s role in influencing the quality and accessibility of London’s public spaces through planning policy and other measures. King's Cross welcomed committee members to the area in December when they experienced the impact of the station redevelopment on access to the land owned by Network Rail and viewed the KX Central exhibition at the German Gym.
King's Cross is mentioned throughout as a model of good practice where the 'active early community consultation on development proposals, particularly where they include open space or other public space, … vital to a successful outcome for public space management' has been achieved and should be replicated by other developments across the capital.
What do you think? We'd be interested to hear your reactions to the new report and to the quality of public access to the privately owned land in KX.