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Court ruling that could end prior approval for phones


Posted on: 20 February 2019 at 17:16:00
Westminster City Council has won a landmark ruling on permitted development that experts say will help local authorities refuse proposals in future for additional telephones on pavements that are connected to an advertising panel schemes.
See details here.


Water fountains reduce single use plastic bottles


Posted on: 6 February 2019 at 21:32:34
London Forum has issued an advice note here on the repair of water fountains and the installation of more of them.


Transport for London proposes additional cycle routes


Posted on: 4 February 2019 at 15:24:28
TfL has begun an engagement period on four new cycle routes in London. These new routes, across seven London boroughs, will connect even more people to the growing cycling network. They will also make walking and cycling easier and safer in people’s local communities, town centres and high streets. They are:

  • A 12km route between Camden and Tottenham Hale, connecting through key destinations such as Seven Sisters, Finsbury Park and the Nag’s Head. This route would also serve Camden, Hackney and Islington

  • A 7.5km route between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs, via Victoria Park, Mile End and Westferry. This route would serve Hackney and Tower Hamlets

  • A 3km route between Lea Bridge and Dalston, via Clapton and connecting with Waltham Forest’s cycle network on Lea Bridge Road. This route would serve Hackney

  • A 7km route between Ilford and Barking Riverside via Barking town centre. This route would serve Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham


TfL would like to receive views on these routes, from now until the end of March. Your ideas, suggestions and feedback will help inform their designs before they formally consult on the routes later this year. Subject to consultation, construction on the routes between Tottenham Hale and Camden and Hackney and Isle of Dogs could begin at the end of this year.
There is more information available at https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/routes-and-maps/new-cycle-routes. Here you will find the proposed route maps, as well as questions for response. You can email newcycleroutes@tfll.gov.uk to provide your thoughts.
 
London Forum has concerns about any Cycle Super Highways which remove bus lanes and those that inconvenience pedestrians or fail to provide safety for cyclists at road junctions. Please copy London Forum with your response to TfL to planning@londonforum.org.uk


Opening remarks by Jules Pipe at New London Plan EiP


Posted on: 22 January 2019 at 21:42:58
On January 15th 2019 at the first day of the examination in public of the draft New London Plan, a speech was given by Jules Pipe the Deputy Mayor.
He emphasised the need for genuinely affordable new homes and that development is of high quality and is suitably located; its potential is optimised; that a range of needs are met and that homes meet minimum standards.


Planning reform: PDR for supporting the high street


Posted on: 16 January 2019 at 00:20:49
The Government issued a consultation on a package of measures, including permitted development they claimed would provide greater planning certainty to support the high street and ensure that new homes can be delivered in the right places, and without delay.
London Forum's very critical response can be seen here.


Data for each borough for LIP on achieving MTS aims


Posted on: 13 January 2019 at 22:29:27
Each London borough is required to produce a Local Implementation Plan (LIP) setting out how it intends to contribute towards the implementation of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS). As well as outlining the borough’s local transport objectives, a LIP should detail the specific interventions and schemes intended to contribute towards meeting the MTS goals, challenges and opportunities. A clear strategy for monitoring the performance should also be included. As part of the process of monitoring LIPs, progress will be tracked against six strategic performance indicators – on mode share, bus service reliability, road traffic casualties, CO2 emissions and asset (highway) condition.
Data for the LIP performance indicators most recently reported are here.


Shelter has issued a report on social housing


Posted on: 12 January 2019 at 00:11:30
A call has been issued by charity Shelter for the Government to build 3.1 million new homes over a 20-year period. The programme would extend the offer of social housing to more people.
The full report is here.


'Pocket Parks Plus' grants for open spaces


Posted on: 10 January 2019 at 18:12:01
The Open Spaces Society has welcomed the new grant-scheme for establishing, restoring and renovating open spaces.  Launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Pocket Parks Plus provides match funding to communities who want to create small spaces for local people to enjoy.
 
The scheme runs only until 25 January 2019.


Publications on planning and housing Sep/Oct 2018


Posted on: 29 October 2018 at 14:10:50
The following publications provide updates:-
A report by the RIBA on the Government's proposals for building upwards.
Historic England's planning bulletin October 2018.
A new procedural guide for planning appeals.
An update from the Chief Planner in MHCLG on planning changes.
A debate in the House of Lords on the case for more affordable homes.
A conference report of the 'Future of Metroland'.
A survey of the use by planning authorities of Community Infrastructure funds.
An article on the effectiveness of Neighbourhood Plans.


Peers debate the need for truly affordable new housing


Posted on: 26 October 2018 at 21:27:28
There was a debate in the House of Lords on 25th October 2018 on the need for more homes that people can afford to rent.
It was a good discussion and worth reading. The opening remarks by Lord Shipley sum up the current situation of lack of homes that people can afford comprehensively.
There was a statement by Lord Horam, Conservative, that the days of the Housing and Planning Act were "dire".
Baroness Warwick as the chair of the National Housing Federation, the trade body for housing associations in England said "Everyone should be able to access a good-quality home that they can afford either to rent or to buy, but so many cannot." "This is a real crisis." "Public funding for social housing has been declining for decades: 40 years ago, it was £18 billion a year. In 2015-16, it was just £1.1 billion. Over the same period, the housing benefit bill grew from £4 billion to £24.2 billion a year."
Lord Rooker, Labour, said "The first [requirement] is the restoration of the affordable housing programme, cut by 60% in 2011 when the funding for social rent was completely removed. We also have to start to use our brains. I was on the original Standing Committee in the Commons when rent allowances became housing benefit. We warned at the time of the possibility that this subsidy to private landlords would get out of hand—it is now £24 billion."
 

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