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London Forum Updates

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Draft Hertfordshire transport strategy

Posted on: 27 March 2020 at 22:17:13
This could affect London and Andrew Bosi has commented for London Forum.

London Assembly report on Neighbourhood Planning

Posted on: 25 March 2020 at 21:35:50
The report and recommendations on this subject have been published.
The use of Neighbourhood Plans in London is very low.

Assessment of Jenrick's directed London Plan changes

Posted on: 21 March 2020 at 13:56:39
Peter Eversden and Michael Bach have commented for London Forum on the changes to Sadiq Khan's New London Plan that have been directed by the Secretary of State.
The implications and the way many changes are not justified is explained.

15 things about Jenrick's future planning changes

Posted on: 21 March 2020 at 13:50:38
The Secretary of State, the Right Hon Robert Jenrick MP, has made proposals for the way the planning system should be changed.
There is an article by Michael Donnelly for 'Planning' which has a summary.

Secretary of State issues paper on future of planning

Posted on: 15 March 2020 at 21:47:03
Rt Hon Robert Jenrick has published 'Planning for the Future' for revisions to the planning system.
It proposes several consultation papers in the coming months.
Unfortunately, it suggests more permitted development to which London Forum is strongly opposed as it removes the opportunity of boroughs and their communities to influence changes.

SoS criticises Mayor and his 'Intend to Publish' Plan

Posted on: 15 March 2020 at 21:28:28
The Rt Hon Robert Jenkins, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has issued a strongly worded letter to Sadiq Khan about his achievements and the content of his 'Intend to Publish' version of the New London Plan.
An appendix to the letter provides changes to the Plan which the Minister is directing the Mayor to make.
London Forum will report on the implications in the March 2020 Newsforum and in future updates.

Good Quality Homes for all Londoners SPG

Posted on: 14 March 2020 at 18:15:28
The Mayor has made available details of a pre-consultation draft on this subject.
London Forum's members should consider the planning guidance and provide comments on it to to assist with London Forum's response when the consultation draft is published.

Historic England consults on Tall Buildings advice note

Posted on: 12 March 2020 at 21:03:09
Historic England is updating its 2015 advice note on tall buildings.
The consultation on a revised version is here.
Since the update of 12th March advising members of this, the closing date for comments has been extended to 28th May 2020.
Societies are asked to consider the draft revised advice note and to send comments to

Summary of housing parts of Government's 2020 Budget

Posted on: 12 March 2020 at 19:13:15
The Planning Portal has issued a March 2020 Budget summary of the Chancellor's investments in the supply of housing and the delivery of more affordable homes.
It will not be clear yet how London will benefit from the investments in the Budget and the interpretation of the Budget by the Mayor and other organisations is awaited.
Apart from the local authority lending rate reduction for building social housing, it is not clear what the Government funding to the Mayor for low cost rent homes will be and what conditions will be applied.

TCPA 'blog' items of interest to communities

Posted on: 11 March 2020 at 20:02:40
The blog section of the TCPA web site here has some useful articles for civic and community groups, covering support for planners, capturing land value uplift, the forthcoming Planning White Paper, genuinely affordable homes, housing space standards and the problems with permitted development rights.
There are also TCPA publications on the advantages of green roofs and on place making and green infrastructure.

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