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London Forum Updates

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Land value capture for infrastructure investment

Posted on: 13 October 2019 at 11:19:42
A paper on this subject by Dr Nichas Falk of URBED has been published and can be seen here.

A smarter approach to infrastructure planning

Posted on: 13 October 2019 at 10:24:12
RTPI has published a research paper on this subject.
They point out that there is evidence of a disconnect between infrastructure and planning, and demand for a more joined-up approach that proactively addresses the infrastructure needs of new development and the deficits of existing settlements alike.
The conclusions and recommendations in section 5 of the research paper have proposals for action by local authorities which London Forum's members could discuss with their Council.

Working together to end homelessness

Posted on: 11 October 2019 at 13:03:50
The National Housing Federation (NHF) and the Local Government Association (LGA) have launched a joint report on how local authorities and housing associations can work together to achieve the aims of the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA).
The report includes a number of case studies where housing associations and local authorities have successfully collaborated to end homelessness. They outline best practice and learnings.
NHF and LGA call on Government for early investment to enable housing associations and councils to build 145,000 new affordable homes a year – of which 90,000 must be social rent. A fair and effective welfare system and secure, long term funding for support and supported housing are needed also.

Councillors' guide to implementing the Raynsford Review

Posted on: 6 October 2019 at 23:32:27
TCPA has published a guide for local authority people for achieving the recommendations from the report of the Raynsford Review of the planning system.
The actions on page five of the guide are important and London Forum's members should check what their Council is proposing to do to meet the objectives.

Improvements in London transport

Posted on: 6 October 2019 at 11:48:34
London Forum has written to the London Assembly Transport Committee to ask them how and when Hammersmith Bridge could be reopened. The lower air pollution in Hammersmith since the bridge was closed has been publicised but there is increased air pollution in other areas as drivers seek routes to other Thames crossings. Bus routes are affected significantly.
Also, London Forum has asked TfL when there will be a new list of transport schemes as in the current 2016 London Plan here, for the future, as part of the New London Plan currently being finalised.

Spending payments by developers for CIL and Section 106

Posted on: 6 October 2019 at 11:11:48
New laws have come into effect requiring councils to publish an annual report disclosing the size of their S.106 and CIL payments received and how much they have spent. The National Guidance on this subject is here.
Property Week asked 343 local authorities for details of such receipts and from the 300 responses received they calculated that more than £2.5bn – or 63% – of the money they were paid by developers remains unspent.
Some Councils said that the money is earmarked for large infrastructure projects in preparation for major development and that may apply to some London boroughs. They can agree to pool CIL payments for major projects.
However, 15% of CIL (capped at £100 per dwelling) is supposed to be used in agreement with the community local to a development and that rises to 25% (uncapped) if an approved Neighbourhood Plan exists.
Civic and community groups should ask when their local Council's annual report on S.106 and CIL payments will be published and enquire about the plans to spend them.

MHCLG publishes National Guidance on Design

Posted on: 1 October 2019 at 23:05:09
National design guidance has been published by the Government. The guide aims to illustrate how well-designed places that are beautiful, enduring and successful can be achieved in practice.
All local authorities must respond to it with site and area design codes in their Development Plan plus Site Allocations on what will and will not be acceptable. Design panels will have to be introduced to consider planning applications of significance.
Civic and community groups should check what their borough intends to do. 
Without the design policies in place, wrong development will have to be permitted that might not deliver what is required and could be unsuitable for local context and character.
The Mayor intends to prepare a London Supplementary Planning Guide on design of developments and localities.

Letter to Mayor re NLP small sites policies

Posted on: 27 September 2019 at 16:51:52
In the 'What We've Said' page of the London Forum web site there is a letter to the Mayor seeking a delay in implementing the small sites policies in the draft New London Plan (NLP).
There are other documents in that page about many organisations' responses to those policies and the London Forum comments on them that were sent to him to support the request.
London Forum wants all boroughs to be given time to modify their local Development Plan to have design codes, context and character anlyses, Site Allocations and other policies that will manage the use of small sites. Unfortunately, the policies in the draft NLP introduce a presumption in favour of development on any small site.

Design essentials for an energy-efficient building

Posted on: 27 September 2019 at 16:44:17
The RIBA has published an article on this subject here.

Community grants

Posted on: 22 September 2019 at 17:07:28
For 2019 the National Lottery good cause funders issued descriptions of two types on grants, one for communities and one for heritage. There is a web page for the community fund with more information and application links.
Your borogh may issue its own method of making similar grants available, using local Council funds also. As an example, LB Hounslow has done that here.
Do take the opportunity to bid for and apply funds to improve your area.
If you have an application pending, please note the change in process from 1st October, as here.

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