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London Forum comments on the draft replacement NPPF

Posted on: 11 May 2018 at 15:44:02
London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies has submitted comments on the draft new National Planning Policy Framework with many proposals for amendment and sent a covering letter to seek restructuring of the document to be more likely to deliver the right kind of development in the right places.
Civic Voice has sent a response also which can be seen here.

Transport consultations May 2018

Posted on: 11 May 2018 at 13:15:19
See the Transport for London site here for consultations and taxi and private hire notices.
The Barking and Dagenham Transport Plan consultation closes on 20th May and there are consultations on electric vehicle charging points in Hammersmith and Tower Hamlets boroughs.

Generation Rent appeals for support in helping tenants

Posted on: 6 May 2018 at 11:24:29
The following has been received by London Forum from Generation Rent about protecting tenants in the Private Rented Sector from unjustified evictions. Civic and community groups are asked to urge their MP to take up the issue with the Minister.
As you may have seen, the long-awaited letting fees ban has made some progress this week: the government has published its Tenant Fees Bill following an inquiry by a committee of MPs.
We still have concerns with some of the detail of the Bill and will need your help to educate MPs about these once we know when the first debate will take place.
In the meantime, the government is preparing a separate public consultation on ways to give renters more security of tenure. Get this right and renters will finally have stability in our lives and the confidence to challenge unfair practices and unsafe conditions without fear of eviction or rent hikes. It will also tackle the leading cause of homelessness - see
We want MPs to understand that restrictions on unfair evictions lie at the heart of any solution. Will you contact your MP and ask them to support our proposals? We’ve set up a template email that takes just a couple of minutes to set up and send.
Best wishes - and enjoy the bank holiday,
Generation Rent
Unit E03 The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London SE16 4DG

Future of London and Centre for London reports

Posted on: 21 April 2018 at 12:21:44
There are some interesting reports here on 
Housing Older Londoners
Engaging London's Private Rented Sector
Making the Most of Build to Rent
Making the Case for Place      and
Making Housing Delivery Models Work for London
There were also publications by Centre for London last year on 
Making London's New Places Fit for the Future  and
The Future of London's Roads and Streets
London Forum's members are invited to consider the publications for future work with their local authority and for questioning candidates for election in May 2018 as Councillors.

Child poverty and conditions in private rented sector

Posted on: 23 February 2018 at 23:17:35
There was an important debate on this subject on 22nd February 2018 by MPs.
The Hansard record of what was said can be read here.

TfL comment on issues raised on Bakerloo Line extension

Posted on: 21 February 2018 at 18:35:16
Transport for London (@TfL) has published its comments on issues raised in the responses to the consultation on the Bakerloo Line extension from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham. See

Historic England's responses to Mayoral Strategies

Posted on: 19 February 2018 at 15:57:53
Historic England has published recently responses to some of the Mayoral strategies published to date (Transport, Housing, Environment and Health Inequalities), these are all now available on their website:
Other resources available on their website are linked to their London Campaign (
Their latest research report on investing in Heritage at Risk: is also available on our London Campaign page.

Pole-mounted phone antennae require planning permission

Posted on: 18 February 2018 at 15:09:29
Pole mounts that support mobile phone antennae should be viewed as radio masts, a High Court judge has ruled, and therefore should not be able to benefit from the part of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) that allows much telecoms equipment to be erected without planning permission.
See a report on this here.

Mayor announces new Policing arrangements for London

Posted on: 12 February 2018 at 16:23:06
Sadiq Khan has issued the following statement:-
"Instead of 32 boroughs, London policing will be organised across 12 Basic Command Units. This change also has the potential to improve the way the police deal with serious complex crimes, such as safeguarding the most vulnerable Londoners."

CLG Committee reports on overview and scrutiny process

Posted on: 10 February 2018 at 01:32:42
The CLG Select Committee interviewed officers and Councillors about the effectiveness of local authorities' Overview and Scrutiny processess and published a report on what they heard.
Community and Civic Societies should check the way the scrutiny process operates in their borough and seek improvements, if necessary. It could be something to put to candidates for Councillor positions in the May local elections.

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