A corporate law firm is backing the argument to have London carved up into a New York-style five districts.

In a report called A Forward Looking Planning Manifesto, the firm comes up with many ideas formulated by a roundtable of 'planning experts from local government, FTSE-listed housebuilders, developers and planning consultants' including carving our beloved capital city up into five districts.

The reasoning behind this you ask?

Addleshaw Goddard argue: "Too many boroughs replicating functions is inefficient. New York works with five boroughs, while London, which is of a similar size, has 32 (33 including the City of London Corporation).

It's a hell of a town: New York, New York
 

"At a time when planning departments have seen the biggest cuts of all local government functions, there is huge inconsistency across councils in terms of performance and resource.

"Large regeneration projects that cover more than one borough require developers to navigate a complex web of decision-making procedures, while dealing with varying levels of resource and expertise. This is stifling the current and future growth of the city, in terms of infrastructure, large-scale regeneration, and the much-needed building of new homes."

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So if, like New York, we were divided into five boroughs, which one would West London be?