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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.

Discussion paper on review of the Green Belt

Posted on: 10 December 2014 at 14:11:40
A paper was produced for a London Society event to consider if the Green Belt should be examined for revision.
It was published by Jonathan Manns and is on this web site here.
In his blog, Andrew Lainton gives the background on this subject and his comments here.

The Right to Custom Build

Posted on: 10 December 2014 at 13:49:30
A consultation here on Right to Build closes on 18th December 2014.
It requires Councils to make plots of land available to those wishing to build their own home. The implications are explained in a blog by Chris Brown available here. He is critical of some aspects of the scheme and points out that the Government has included a proposal to remove affordable housing obligations from S.106.

'Euston Cross' proposal for HS2 publicised again

Posted on: 24 November 2014 at 18:26:54
Andrew Lainton in his blog has drawn attention here to the proposal by members of the House of Lords for an alternative station for HS2 in Central London avoiding the problems of direct routing of HS2 into Euston station.
See also other recent news posts on key issues in his blog.

Clarification: permissions & licences for Tidal Thames

Posted on: 23 November 2014 at 17:24:26
An explanation of the organisations that could be involved in granting permission for developments on the Tidal Thames has been added to this web site here.  Thanks to Peter Makower of the West London River Group for the details.

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