- Operational Director Development Planning, Westminster Council
John Walker has worked at Westminster for over 30 years and is the Operational Director for Development Planning, which oversees all development planning, building control, highways planning and tree work.
His focus is to accommodate the business, visitor and residential needs of the West End whilst ensuring Westminster's heritage and global city status remains intact and enhanced. Westminster is a borough in the heart of London. John is also a member of the RTPI and the Planning Officers Society.
The biggest trend in the UK has to do with generation rent and real residential accommodations, so there is a dramatic shortfall of affordable housing for young people to live in London, and I think that the government and private institutional investors are looking for ways to crack that nut, we've got involved in that space, in the PRS space here in a fairly meaningful way in the last twenty four to thirty six months, we're building a forty five story tower in the Elephant and Castle with the GLA, and it will be a hundred per cent rental for that young professional community.