Canary Wharf viewed from river

London Forum Updates

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GLA report on part time working in London

Posted on: 28 January 2015 at 20:55:08
The GLA's Economics Unit has published a report here on this subject.

Assembly 'Out of Stock' report on social housing loss

Posted on: 28 January 2015 at 16:10:40
A report, which you can see here, has been published by Assembly Member Tom Copley giving details of the effect of 'Right to Buy' as a contining decline in London's council housing stock, less funding available for new social housing and insufficient investment in affordable homes.

'My Community Rights' web site

Posted on: 22 January 2015 at 12:14:53
Some useful guidance is available at the web site here on the rights of communities.
The opportunity to have buildings registered as Assets of Community Value, as here, should be considered by community groups and civic societies.
Local Listing is also a useful process to assist in conservation.
See advice on it by Civic Voice.

Update from London Green Spaces Friends Groups Network

Posted on: 20 January 2015 at 21:26:15
See the LGSFGN update here.
Their next meeting is at City Hall on Monday 23rd March 2015 6pm to 8pm.

London Development Database

Posted on: 18 January 2015 at 18:00:18
This is a reminder of the database here of approved major planning applications in London.
The database can be search by location. Clicking on icons in the map (which can be zoomed) will give the planning application reference that can be used to find more details. The colour of the icon indicates the status of the development.

The Mayor's planning cases

Posted on: 18 January 2015 at 17:27:54
The GLA Mayor reviews strategic planning applications, draft replacement Local Plans, Local Development Schemes and Local Development Document consultations referred to him.
There is a weekly list of planning consultation referrals. 
There is a list by borough and by date of the Mayor’s decisions on applications which gives access, by links, to his Stage 1 and Stage 2 reports to the borough on them.
London Forum's member societies can monitor the borough list here and examine the reports. 
It would be useful if members advise London Forum of any situations where they are concerned about the outcome of a referred planning application. 
Members with an Opportunity Area (OA) in their locality can examine the state of the planning framework for it here.  
As advised previously, community groups should ensure their Council develops the OA masterplan to define what developments and of what type should be delivered and where and with what types of infrastructure.
Incomplete plans will result in planning applications determining the development of the OA.

Plain English Guide to the Planning System

Posted on: 11 January 2015 at 22:52:49
The Government has published this guide which you can see here.

Recommendations for homes, jobs and growth by 2036

Posted on: 9 January 2015 at 11:11:25
The Mayor's London Enterprise Panel (LEP) commissioned a report and recommendations from London First on this subject.
London First is an independent business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business.
Their conclusions are here and the full report here.
Issues that the study identifies are:-
Overseas relationships
Technical skills and digital connectivity
Funding for SMEs and infrastructure
Delivery rate of new homes
Low fiscal and political autonomy
Poor levels of inclusion
Slow growth in outer London
Lack of planning resources in London's boroughs
The response and proposals of the LEP will be important for London's future.

Update to members and associates and best wishes for 2015

Posted on: 7 January 2015 at 18:56:30
Over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, there have been various pieces of news and recommendations that community and civic groups may find of interest and some for discussion with their local authority.
They are available on this site for you, as follows:-
Campaign for a Greater London National Park -
Select Committee report on operation of NPPF -
    They have commented that "local authorities should be encouraged to
        review their green belts as part of the local planning process."
An article on homes built for overseas investors -
Action sought on air pollution by MPs' committee -
Law Commission's 'Right to Light' proposals  -
Street Design manual -
Briefing on street design campaigning -
A guide to free schools -
New sustainable urban drainage proposals -
RTPI report on the benefits of devolution -
Revised tall buildings guidance -
Charles Wagner on tall buildings and heritage -
New London Model at NLA
New London Architecture centre has announced that it is building a new, fully interactive model of central London's buildings. The New London Model will cover a larger area of the capital than the current display and include new regeneration areas such as Earls Court, White City and Old Oak Common, as well as more accurate depictions of key projects. Digital technology, projections and films will enhance areas and schemes throughout central London, highlighting all aspects of London’s physical environment. The model itself will be revealed for the first time as the centerpiece of the London Stand at MIPIM this year, with a full interactive launch to take place in the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, Store Street, off Tottenham Court Road, at the end of March.
A film by London Councils about saving London's High Streets is here.
Urban Design London's events are here  London Forum members can request a free place by responding to this link and mentioning London Forum. Events may be fully booked by staff of boroughs who sponsor the events but that does not happen frequently.
If you have been involved in design reviews, UDL would like to hear from you here.
For those suporting parks and open spaces there is a general meeting for such groups on Monday 19th January 2015 6pm - 8pm Committee Room 5 at City Hall (downstairs by the cafe), 110 The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA (10mins walk from London Bridge tube station).   All welcome!
The campaigning for rent caps increases. You can watch an interview from TV on the reasons and aims here.  You can sign a related petition and share it with others.
Civic Voice has launched a Design Award. To make entries see here.
You can obtain the Civic Voice's manifesto for the incoming Government.
Other information is posted frequently on London Forum's Twitter account here   Please look at recent entries there for updates on other subjects.  It would be useful if you found someone in your organisation to 'follow' London Forum's postings on Twitter and you might publicise the availability of the tweeted news items to your officers and your members.
London Forum will be seeking renewal of members' subscriptions in the next few weeks. Please make your treasurer or main London Forum contact aware so that payments can be made promptly.
I wish you success in all your endeavours in 2015.
Peter Eversden

Autumn Statement summary by London Councils

Posted on: 11 December 2014 at 10:19:20
London Councils' report on the 2014 Autumn Statement is here.

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