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HTA Design and Pocket Living collaboration

Posted on: 26 May 2022 at 11:15:50
HTA Design is chaired by London Forum's President Ben Derbyshire. HTA has published details of a housing scheme they designed with Pocket Living which has added 126 new homes on a constrained backland site by Downhills Park in LB Haringey. It is a good example of what can be achieved.

Levelling Up Bill - update July 2022

Posted on: 18 May 2022 at 15:39:28
London Forum has updated its briefing to members on the content of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill (LURB) and has submitted proposals for amendments to the Bill Committee for consideration which the Government has published here.
The Mayor of London has submitted evidence to that committee.
The chair of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Select Committee, Clive Betts MP, wrote to the Secretary of State in DLUHC about the LURB with queries. Michael Gove's response is here.
Following the July 2022 changes of Ministers in DLUHC, an article was published on the implications and the workload being faced.
A comprehensive summary of the Bill and associated documents has been published by the law firm Town Legal.
Further details have been published and are collected together here.
On 7th June 2022, Victoria Hills the Chief Executive of the RTPI published a paper criticising the Government's proposals for National Development Management policies and seeking further recognition of planning professionals in local authorities and the need to strengthen those resources.

'Appealing Design' publication

Posted on: 26 April 2022 at 12:19:33
Place Aliance has issued a report 'Appealing Design' based on analysis of over 30 design based appeals following concerns about the approach of the Planning Inspectorate to design.
The report is supported and endorsed by Civic Voice, the RTPI, the Urban Design Group and Urban Design Learning.
There is an article about the way changes in 2021 to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) may have supported local authorities in refusing developments of poor design and adverse impacts.

NLA activity and reports

Posted on: 19 April 2022 at 11:21:38
There is a lot of information on the web site of the NLA for:-

Build-to-Rent can help housing shortage

Posted on: 14 April 2022 at 23:23:14
An analysis of twenty developments across London has found Build-to-Rent homes could help more Londoners find affordable, high-quality accommodation.

Steve Quartermain interviews Alice Lester

Posted on: 14 April 2022 at 23:14:10
There is a video of a conversation Steve Quartermain, who was the Government's Chief Planner, had with Alice Lester, Operational Director Regeneration, Growth and Employment at Brent Council.

Government response to Lords' housing report

Posted on: 14 April 2022 at 23:06:38
The Built Environment Committee of the House of Lords has commented on the Government's response to its report on how to meet housing demand.

Historic England's Tall Buildings Guidance

Posted on: 11 March 2022 at 12:16:26
Historic England (HE) has published an updated Tall Buildings Advice Note intended as a useful guide for all those involved with the planning and design of tall buildings.
HE publishes monthly planning bulletins which can be seen here. They provide details on recent and forthcoming developments in the world of planning from a heritage perspective. Notification of new editions can be requested by contacting  

The future of high streets

Posted on: 6 March 2022 at 14:10:03
The High Streets Task Force has published a report on 'The Medium and Longer Term Viability of the High Street (post COVID-19)'. It follows their earlier report on creating resilient and revitalised high streets.

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