Housing crisis sees skyscraper boom in outer London boroughs

The capital’s suburbs are experiencing a unprecedented skyscraper boom. Outer London boroughs now account for 39% of the tall-building pipeline, up from 37% in 2020 and 36% in 2019. The result is that 39% of tall-building pipeline is now in outer London boroughs, up from 37% in 2020 and 36% in 2019. This has created tensions in areas where residents feel skyscrapers are too high-rise for the low-rise homes of the suburbs. 26 of London’s 33 local authorities have a tall building pipeline. Ealing, Brent, Croydon, Croydon, and Barnet are the next closest. But New London Architecture, which publishes London Tall Buildings Survey in partnership with Knight Frank, says there are early signs of a slowdown of the skyscraper rush. Applications for new buildings are down 13%.