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London Forum Updates

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Affordable Housing Commission has published its report

Posted on: 2 April 2020 at 14:33:40
The Commission found that the underlying cause of so many households struggling with disproportionate housing costs is the switch into the private rented sector – which has more than doubled in size in less than twenty years – from both social renting and from home ownership. The scaling back – indeed the halving – of the social housing sector has pushed more people into the private rented sector where there is less security and significantly higher rents.
Their report’s recommendations propose ways of rebalancing the nation’s housing to secure more social rented housing and more affordable home ownership, for those for whom private renting is not the best option.
An Executive summary is here and the full report here.

Estate ballots - are they working? - AJ report

Posted on: 2 April 2020 at 12:48:30
A report on a review of estate regeneration ballots has been published in the Architects Journal.

Government Chief Planner Steve Quartermain's newsletter

Posted on: 2 April 2020 at 11:39:34
Steve Quartermain has stepped down after 11 years in the role.
He has issued his final planning update newsletter 

Using heat from the Underground and cooling it

Posted on: 30 March 2020 at 22:47:54
In the first project of its type, warm air from the Underground is being used to heat homes.
More than 1,000 homes in Islington are now being heated by air from the Northern line via an energy centre located in what is left of the City Road tube station, which closed in 1922. The system can also be reversed to channel cool air into Tube tunnels.
TfL has said that is has identified a further 56 sites where the system could be implemented. 

Government proposals for allowing skywriting

Posted on: 30 March 2020 at 16:04:22
There was a consultation on permitting skywriting and skytyping here.
London Forum has commented on the proposals and the Guardian had an article about it.

Restoring drinking fountains for water bottle re-use

Posted on: 28 March 2020 at 21:10:15
An achievement of an organisation and a Councillor in Chiswick, west London, in restoring an old water fountain near to an Underground station may inspire societies to consider what they can do locally - see here.
The planning for it could be started whilst waiting for Covid-19 to be history!

LB Barnet - action against advert/phone proposals

Posted on: 28 March 2020 at 18:42:43
The are many applications for an additional 'phone' on a walkway which is only an excuse for siting a large advertising panel attached to it.
LB Barnet has used distraction of drivers and potential for crime as reasons for refusal.

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.

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