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Response to consultation on Bakerloo Line extension

Posted on: 9 November 2019 at 23:30:25
London Forum's comments are here.

Response made to Environment Bill inquiry

Posted on: 9 November 2019 at 22:01:42
London Forum sent a response, as here, for the inquiry into the content of the Environment Bill.
More details are on the EFRA Committee's web site.

Approval for local development remains steady

Posted on: 2 November 2019 at 13:15:31
The majority of people (57%) are supportive of more homes being built in their local area, according to a new survey published by the government. Levels of support for new homes has remained the same over the last four years but has grown markedly since polling began in 2010, when approval was just 28%. Similarly, opposition to local development stood at a high of 46% in 2010 and for the last four years has remained at a much reduced 23%.  For more details, click here.
It will be important that boroughs approach the intensification of land use in outer London in a well planned and design led way, as the Government has proposed, so that communities are fully engaged and can be supportive. See the National design guidance.

Jenrick speech on heritage protection and home building

Posted on: 30 October 2019 at 22:44:30
A speech was given on these subjects in October 2019 by the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
It urged local communities to nominate heritage buildings for local listing which are important to them and for local authorities to consider the reuse of older buildings over demolition.
He spoke of the need for greater community involvement in shaping new homes.
The Queen's speech for the Conservative Government's intentions did not mention home building at all. On housing, the Minister said "Not, how many homes? Not, where do we build the homes? Or even, for whom are we building homes? But, what do those houses actually look like?"
The emphasis seems to be on housing design and beautiful architecture which is welcome. That does not address London's need for the right number and type of affordable homes in the right places. However, the Minister did speak of "building at scale, at pace and at low cost."
Every local authority will be asked to create local Design Guides based on a new National Design Guide, as below.

Quality review charter for assessing applications

Posted on: 23 October 2019 at 21:26:54
The Mayor has published proposals on how boroughs in London should conduct design review panels with developers to ensure proposed schemes are acceptable. It can be seen here.
The guidance states that the role of design review is to question the quality issues beyond quantifiable areas, such as policy compliance, and that reviews should be tailored to the specific issues of each scheme.
London Forum's members should check how their borough(s) will apply a design review process and how communities will be involved.

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.

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