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Engagement in local flood risk management

Posted on: 26 March 2015 at 09:46:10
CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association, has published new, free guidance to provide support for those working in local flood risk management.
The two guides, Communication and engagement in local flood risk management (C751) and Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide (C752) bring together experiences, as well as ideas that have been tried and tested.
The guides will be useful in identifying, engaging and working with people likely to be affected by flooding, or integral to its future management.
It can be used at several stages of managing flood risk, from building engagement and awareness, and the preparation of a local flood risk management strategy or surface water management plan, through to recovery after an event, and benchmarking activities.
The guidance will provide practical help for:

  • Lead Local Flood Authorities

  • District authorities and other local authority organisations

  • Sewerage undertakers

  • Other Risk Management Authorities

  • National government, national regulator and strategic bodies

  • Environmental regulators

  • Consultancies

Response made to Nine Elms Public Realm consultation

Posted on: 24 March 2015 at 12:24:02
London Forum's input to the consultation is here.

New rules for Judicial Review

Posted on: 23 March 2015 at 12:10:11
The Open Spaces Society has drawn attention to measures in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 part 4 which stymie the ability of bodies acting in the public interest to seek judicial review.
Higher thresholds have been set for allowing a JR and there is now a greater risk of costs.
See details on pages 1 and 8 of the Open Spaces Society Spring 2015 newsletter here.

Better homes and bungalows for Britain's older people

Posted on: 22 March 2015 at 20:07:22
Older people should be given a greater choice where to live during their retirement under plans outlined on 21st March 2015 by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis.
With around one in six people aged over 65, Mr Lewis said anyone wanting to move should have the option to do so – but should also get help if they want to stay in their own home.
The minister is publishing new planning guidance asking councils to take better account of the needs of their older residents when planning new homes in their area.
This will make clear the responsibility councils have to ensure a wide range of different properties are built in their area to meet the diverse housing needs of people as they get older – including for bungalows where they are needed
The details are here 

Open Meeting 23 March - CANCELLED

Posted on: 10 March 2015 at 08:08:10
London Forum regrets to announce that the Hustings Open Meeting set for the evening of 23 March has been cancelled.Despite vigorous efforts it has not been possible to assemble a panel of candidates to answer questions from an audience.

English Heritage: new management and energy efficiency

Posted on: 17 February 2015 at 18:03:30
Two publications have been added to this site.
One is about the Heads of the two parts of what was English Heritage and the other is about achieving energy efficiency in historic buildings.

Taxi Drivers Assoc wants facilities for electric cabs

Posted on: 4 February 2015 at 11:55:21
Clean Air for London and the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association have called on the Mayor to provide facilities and to change rules to enable electric taxis.

Response to Flood Risk Management consultation

Posted on: 3 February 2015 at 20:14:24
The London Forum's response to the Environment Agency's consultation on this subject is here.
The fact that only 40 of the measures listed by the EA (12%) are described as ‘protecting from risk’ suggests this approach may not be receiving enough emphasis.  But there also needs to be much more emphasis on prevention and we have proposed that there should be the following additional objective:
Reduce the speed of storm water run off in London by minimising the loss of green areas, (including paving over gardens), promoting the use of green roofs, installing permeable surfaces in paved areas, especially roads and car parks, and ensuring all new developments have sustainable drainage.
We expressed concern about the continued number of burst water mains and the disruption they cause.

Create Thames City-Region urges Assembly Tories

Posted on: 2 February 2015 at 18:52:49
Conservative Assembly Member Andrew Boff has published a report which calls for devolution to London and the areas surrounding it as a 'Thames City-Region' with increased powers including creation of new Garden Suburbs.
Also, the combination of seven Local Enterprise Partnerships for strategic co-ordination of economic development in the new region.

London Forum response on an additional airport runway

Posted on: 2 February 2015 at 16:46:36
London Forum has commented here to the Davies Commission on their consultation for an additional airport runway.  Our response includes claims that the Commission has failed to take into consideration several aspects that we summarise.
London Forum would like to see the operation and management of Heathrow fully examined for its key purpose of serving international destinations important for businesses in London and the south-east of England. That may include freeing up take off and landing slots there by moving short haul flights to other airports.

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