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Report recommends locally-led housing delivery model

Posted on: 20 June 2015 at 21:33:43
A series of local bodies led by councils should be set up to provide support to overcome barriers faced in the delivery, funding and planning of new homes and infrastructure, think-tank ResPublica has recommended in a report.

New London Housing Commission formed

Posted on: 20 June 2015 at 21:14:33
The former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake is to lead a panel of experts in drawing up a blueprint for building more homes in the capital.
The aim of the London Housing Commission is to decipher evidence and produce a clear programme of action for London’s housing market.

Kerslake calls for review of extending Right to Buy

Posted on: 20 June 2015 at 15:06:20
A 'radical review' is needed of government plans to extend the Right to Buy policy to housing association tenants, former civil service chief Lord Kerslake urged at the inaugural Placemaking Summit.
A summary is here.

London's Economy - GLA report

Posted on: 12 June 2015 at 14:09:39
The report at May 2015 on this subject is here.

Design Panels - note by Civic Voice

Posted on: 12 June 2015 at 13:15:14
A summary of the sources of information on this subject has been provided by the Civic Voice and is available here.

Love Parks week in London 2015

Posted on: 12 June 2015 at 11:54:54
A celebration of London's parks and open spaces will be held from July 24th 2015.  Community groups are asked to devise an event or activity in that week and register it.  Details are here

New Government, Opposition Cabinet members and London MPs

Posted on: 11 June 2015 at 11:59:07
Details of Government Ministers can be seen here.
The list of London MPs with roles in the Shadow Cabinet is here.
An All Party Parliamentary Group of London MPs has been formed.  It is due to be co-chaired by Bob Neill, the Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, and Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, with Labour’s Catherine West (the newly elected MP for Hornsey and Wood Green) as Secretary and Paul Scully, the Conservative MP for Sutton and Cheam, as Treasurer. Support will be provided to the London APPG by London Councils.
London Forum now has a better opportunity to keep London MPs fully aware of the issues that affect planning, transport and quality of life in London. Their collective voice may help to restrict the kinds of adverse changes in permitted development, planning and housing policies and Use Class changes that have harmed London since 2010.
The London MPs are listed here 

London Datastore and Dashboard update May 2015

Posted on: 21 May 2015 at 22:07:26
The GLA has published the latest figures for London at
There has been a fall since September of the people not in education, employment or training from 6.6% to 3.4%.
The population forecasts and the projected population by ethnicity are interesting.
Landlord repossessions in London and rent levels continue to rise.
GLA funded housing completions have stopped falling in number.
The London Development database shows a decrease in the granted development permissions since early 2014.
In Transport, the numbers for people killed and serious injured continued to fall through 2000 to the end of 2012.

Recommendations for meeting housing requirements

Posted on: 10 May 2015 at 13:01:44
A useful report on meeting housing needs has been published by TFA and Bowyer here.
It proposes that the NPPF policies for housing are enforced, Strategic Market Housing Assessments are fast-tracked and the Duty to Cooperate is strengthened.  It reminds the new Government that earlier this year a report from the think-tank the Adam Smith Institute said that the release of just 2% of land from the Green Belt could provide sites for the 2.5 million homes the country requires in the next 10 years. It said that removing the Green Belt designations from intensive agricultural land within 0.5 miles of a railway station “would go a long way to solving the housing crisis in the medium term.”

'Race for Space' for offices - NLP report

Posted on: 10 May 2015 at 12:34:35
Changes to permitted development rights to make it easier to convert offices into homes have helped fuel a 'race for space' in the office market but the policy may have also helped make new office schemes in some areas viable, according to a report by Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners here.
The report says that the changes to permitted development rights "has the potential to lead to a future deficit in office space and increased pressure on office markets". It pointed to a study by RICS which found that nationally the availability of office space has been declining at its fastest pace since 1998, "fuelled by the growing conversion of offices into homes since the new PD rights were introduced".

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