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London Forum Updates

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Urban Design London events on Street Management

Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 17:08:11
This update relates to the items below about the 'Streetspace' programme of the GLA and boroughs.
UDL holds events with experts talking to representatives from London Councils on the way new policies should be implemented, with an emphasis on design.
They have held events recently on Street Management for what could be done in the current pandemic period and during the recovery subsequently. A lot of the content relates to use of street space which London Forum's members should discuss with their local Council.
Reports by UDL on their Street Management events have been put into one document for information here.

Parliamentary Inquiry into use of E-Scooters

Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 15:30:18
Firstly, London Forum thanks those of its members who participated in the on-line ZOOM conference on 'Streetspace' on 4th June 2020. Your contributions were most helpful and issues are being pursued with William Bradley of the GLA.
One of the concerns expressed was about the use of powered e-scooters.
There is a Transport Select Committee inquiry into e-scooters. The Committee is receiving evidence about e-scooters up to the end of June 2020. If you have concerns about the use of these, in your park or on pavements, you can easily submit your evidence via this link
There were problems in Singapore with their use and legislation has been introduced as the following article explains

Mayor's Streetspace programme

Posted on: 11 May 2020 at 10:50:58
The Mayor and TfL have launched a plan to widen pavements, to introduce cycle lanes where there were none and to hasten implementation of Cycleways. The aim is to support social distancing and to cope with a surge in cycling as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
See details of the Streetscape programme here.
Feedback from London Forum's members would be welcomed on the effect of the changes and what would need to be considered if some were made permanent.
These changes are being made in response to a publication by the Department for Transport 'Reallocating road space in response to COVID-19: statutory guidance for local authorities' which has information about consultation.

NLA report on how Covid-19 will change planning

Posted on: 2 May 2020 at 21:42:59
The New London Architecture centre (NLA) has produced a report on an event it held for its 'State of the Market' webinar with Tony Travers, Yolande Barnes, Alex Jan, Digby Flower and Nick Rowe.

April 2020 Planning Bulletin from Historic England

Posted on: 2 May 2020 at 21:30:50
Their latest update is here.
Note the prioritisation of Historic England's resources.
Civic and community groups should respond to the consultation on a revised version of HE's Advice Note on Tall Buildings (HEAN 4). The revised text is available here.

Safeguard the public voice in planning under Covid-19

Posted on: 29 April 2020 at 12:21:47
A letter by Just Space, CPRE - the countryside charity, London Forum of Civic & Amenity Societies, Friends of the Earth and the Town and Country Planning Association has been sent to Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
It seeks high standards for approving planning applications during the use of on-line systems for Local Authority planning committee meetings and commitment to community engagement in the process.
The Government is requested to ask local authorities to respect six key principles, set out in an appendix to the letter.

Community engagement in online borough planning work

Posted on: 27 April 2020 at 20:31:44
London Forum, CPRE, Just Space and Friends of the Earth have issued a joint Press release on a proposal for the principles that local authorities should adopt in conducting on-line planning and other meetings.
The last page of that document (extracted as here) has been sent with a covering note seeking their support to the key borough Leaders of the London Councils' political committee and its senior officers.
It has been issued by e-bulletin to London Forum's members for them to pass to the Chair of their borough’s Planning Committee, with copies to the Council Leader, CEO/Chief Officer and Director of Planning, asking that the council should operate according to the six principles, and asking to let them know whether the Council will do so.
Other Updates in this and subsequent pages on local authorities using on-line methods for their meetings are relevant and should be noted.

Implications of delegated and virtual decision making

Posted on: 25 April 2020 at 20:08:10
The set of comments here by David Blackman may be useful.

Results of green spaces during Covid-19 lockdown survey

Posted on: 25 April 2020 at 15:44:06
The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces has issued here details of the responses it received to the survey on this subject commissioned by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
A link is provided in the announcement to the Government's statement on parks and open spaces being important during the lockdown.

Details of Design Review Panels in boroughs published

Posted on: 22 April 2020 at 18:49:00
A list of Design Review Panels is here.

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