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House of Lords calls for more housebuilding

Posted on: 15 July 2016 at 21:43:49
The Economic Affairs Select Committee of the House of Lords in its report “Building more homes” has strongly recommended that the Government must lift its target by 50% and build 300,000 homes each year to tackle the housing crisis.
Details and recommendations are at

MPs debate lack of affordable homes in London

Posted on: 2 July 2016 at 19:06:14
There was an important debate in Westminster Hall in June on this subject. London Forum members should consider what was said and discuss the situation with their own MP.
Many examples were given by MPs of the problems for key workers and those on low to medium incomes in finding a home which they can afford in London. There was much criticism of the Housing and Planning Bill's introduction of 'Starter Homes' as 'affordable' ones.
Concern was expressed about the adverse impact on London's businesses and its economy.
There was a response for the Government by Marcus Jones MP at the end of the debate with a commitment for Ministers to work with Mayor Sadiq Khan to build more homes in the capital.

Charity Commission guidance on the role of trustees

Posted on: 5 June 2016 at 16:12:45
See the Government publication on this subject here.

Developers offering managed Build to Rent schemes

Posted on: 5 June 2016 at 16:06:15
A developer is making a major move into Build to Rent development for the first time after agreeing a partnership to build 5,000 rental homes over five years as here.
That article from Inside Housing is one of several on the same subject on their web site
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Housing and Planning Act and its implications (2)

Posted on: 5 June 2016 at 12:36:28
The Act can be seen here.
Further commentaries to those indicated in an earlier update below on its content are available here and here.

Press releases of Mayor Sadiq Khan

Posted on: 2 June 2016 at 10:27:57
The announcements made by Sadiq Khan on appointments made for his team and policy statements on various subjects can be seen here.

Historic England - new heritage publication

Posted on: 2 June 2016 at 10:19:09
A report 'Heritage and Society 2016' published by Historic England presents facts and figures which illustrate the benefits the historic environment brings to society.
A copy can be downloaded from here.

Housing and Planning Act and its implications

Posted on: 24 May 2016 at 16:34:20
Despite all the briefings that London Forum produced for MPs and Peers on the issues that could arise if the Housing and Planning Bill was not altered, it received Royal Assent on 12th May with few amendments made.
Most of the concerns given below in an earlier update and here remain.
Some comments have been published by various organisations and attention is drawn to the following:-
An insight by Glocal Counsel,
Comments by Boyer Planning,
A 24dash article on the implications for ALMOs and Councils

Consultations - Libraries, Starter Homes, etc.

Posted on: 29 April 2016 at 13:53:39
There is a consultation running until 3rd June 2016 on the Government's 'Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021'.
However, the document states that it is not intended to dictate what library services each local authority must deliver and how. London Forum's members have been concerned about library closures and should respond to the consultation.
The Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 makes clear that "It shall be the duty of every library authority to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof".
See also 
The Government is consulting until 18th May on the regulations to support the Starter Homes clauses in the Housing and Planning Bill. The introduction of Starter Homes for sale, unaffordable by many people under 40 for whom they are intended, was challenged by Peers when they debated the Bill.  The Government should not dictate that such homes will be the priority for delivery on all brownfield sites.
There is another consultation on the Department for Transport's draft cycling and walking investment strategy which closes on 23rd May. The views of communities and others are sought on innovative projects and programmes.

Planning permissions for London new builds drop 64%

Posted on: 29 April 2016 at 13:24:36
Alarming figures have been published in a press report here.
It is reported that boroughs in London rejected four in 10 possible new homes this year, up from two in 10 in the first quarter of 2015.

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