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Sadiq Khan's talk on London's 'Good Growth' development

Posted on: 6 August 2017 at 19:24:55
Sadiq Khan gave a speech at a conference at the LSE and joined a panel to discuss how London's future development should be managed by 'Good Growth' policies which will be in the Replacement London Plan. There is a video of the event.

New Governance Code

Posted on: 6 August 2017 at 09:03:46
A Charity Governance Code has been published by the Charity Governance Code Steering Group which is a cross-sector collaboration with an independent chair, Rosie Chapman. The group’s purpose is to review, develop, promote and maintain the Code for the sector. The steering group’s members are ACEVO: Charity Leaders Network Association of ChairsICSA: The Governance InstituteNCVO: National Council for Voluntary OrganisationsSmall Charities CoalitionWCVA: Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The Charity Commission is an observer on the group.
The Commission's own full guidance on all aspects of setting up and running a charity is here.

Unlawful nursery on public open land

Posted on: 2 August 2017 at 15:25:47
In a judgment handed down on 28 July 2017 Mrs Justice LANG declared that a purported disposal by way of a 15 year lease by Wandsworth Borough Council of a building and land on Wandsworth Common to a limited company intending to operate a private pre-school childrens’ nursery on the site was unlawful.
LANG J. held that the purported disposal would be inconsistent with the statutory trust under which the Council holds the Common pursuant to section 10 of the Open Spaces Act 1906, and that it was outwith the Council’s powers regarding the uses to which it could put an Open Space such as the Common under the terms of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government Provisional Order Confirmation (Greater London Parks and Open Spaces) Act 1967. In particular, the purpose of the proposed disposal did not constitute ‘public recreation’ within the terms of the Schedule to the 1967 Act, and neither was it an ‘indoor facility for any form of recreation whatsoever’ under Article 7(1)(a)(v) of the Schedule. Furthermore, a letting to a commercial company such as the interested party could not be regarded as being within the scope of Article 7(1)(a)(vi) of the Schedule.
This is the only decided case in which a local authority purporting to act under the terms of the 1967 Act has been challenged successfully and prevented from doing so. The detailed judgment constitutes important guidance and has very considerable practical implications for local authorities keen to generate income from Open Spaces in ways that are lawful, and for environmental groups and local residents anxious to ensure that any such income generating activities by local authorities are kept strictly within lawful bounds.
R (on application of Alexander Muir) -v- Wandsworth Borough Council

'Good Growth' and London's historic environment

Posted on: 1 August 2017 at 23:06:02
Historic England has reported, with examples, on the way historic buildings have been integrated into new development. The paper sets out the real benefits of embedding an understanding and appreciation of our historic environment in the delivery of positive change, towards the Mayor's policy for 'Good Growth'.
Recommendations for the Replacement London Plan are made by Historic England.

Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change

Posted on: 1 August 2017 at 16:15:14
Parliament's Committee on Climate Change has produced a report and recommendations on this subject.  The Committee concluded that two related plans are required by law and they are needed now.

Planning reform proposals

Posted on: 1 August 2017 at 16:12:00
The House of Commons Library has published a document on this subject to inform MPs of the changes to planning policies that the Government has indicated could be made.

Historic England comments on keeping public parks open

Posted on: 31 July 2017 at 23:46:53
The response made to the Government's consultation on this subject by Historic England can be seen here.

£85m Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme launched in London

Posted on: 29 July 2017 at 22:02:51

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a £85.9 million Liveable Neighbourhoods programme that aims to transform town centres and neighbourhood into more attractive and accessible public spaces.
The programme will give boroughs the opportunity to bid for funding for long-term schemes that encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
It will provide grants of between £1 million and £10 million to a wide range of community-supported projects. These could be the creation of green space, new cycling infrastructure or the widening of pedestrian routes to improve access to shops and public transport.
The programme is part of Khan’s Healthy Streets approach. It featured in his draft Transport Strategy which is out for consultation until 2 October 2017.
Khan said: “I’ve set out bold plans to transform the way Londoners move around our city to improve our health, air quality and future prosperity. London’s boroughs are key partners in delivering this vision and through this new funding we can make a real difference by supporting the projects that local people want to see. This will ensure that the improvements really work for our local communities, transforming our town centres and successfully encouraging many more Londoners to walk, cycle or use public transport for the good of their health and our environment.”

Tall buildings, housing delivery and home affordabilty

Posted on: 9 July 2017 at 11:51:00
London Forum draws attention to the speech of the Minister Sajid Javid to local government representatives on lessons from the Grenfell Tower disaster and the need for them to work closely with communities. Nowadays, Ministerial speeches can seem to be substanceless soundbites with no real proposals – this one is different. It has messages for politicians in Councils and their local people.
A related report was published by The Housing & Finance Institute (HFI) for a pause on any new high-rise blocks being started; a review of whether existing high-rise tower blocks can be made safe or whether they should simply be demolished, plus the need for a sharp acceleration of housebuilding.
The requirement for homes at low rents is being hindered by the NPPF's viability test it is claimed by TCPA.  They have published a report on building the homes that people need.
Lord True, the Leader of Richmond Council, has urged the Mayor to stop 'forcing' approval of high rise homes.

Responses to consultations by London Forum

Posted on: 12 June 2017 at 14:00:37
The London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies has published several responses to recent consultations of the last Government and of the GLA.
They are on the Mayor's Ultra Low Emission Zone, the DEFRA plan for improving air quality, the DEFRA consultation on litter, the Westminster City Council consultation on building heights, the Government's National Policy Statement for airport expansion and the DCLG consultation on a Housing White Paper.
London Forum will be monitoring what a new Government does with our responses to the consultations issued before the 2017 election and we will be seeking the outcomes that we think would be best for London.

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