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Opportunity Areas updated


Posted on: 3 January 2022 at 19:31:38
The GLA has provided the latest details about London's Opportunity Areas.
If you click through the map and see information for any OA, has your borough endorsed the potential housing and job numbers and are the timescales for delivery and the dependencies for the developments clear?


Chief Planner's December 2021 newsletter


Posted on: 31 December 2021 at 16:24:01
The government’s chief planner, Joanna Averley, in her latest newsletter to local authorities proposes that we must bring about a change in urban attitudes so that towns and cities once again become attractive places in which to live, work and socialise.
The vital importance of the freight and logistics sector to shops, households, assembly lines, hospitals and other public services is emphasised.


Urban Greening Factor Guidance


Posted on: 12 December 2021 at 13:06:25
London Forum supports the content of the Mayor's GLA Urban Greening Factor (UGF) Guidance for borough assessment of new applications to achieve Policy G5 for Urban Greening in the March 2021 London Plan.
Presentation slides describing the UGF guidance are here.


LGA - housing shortages and affordability


Posted on: 7 December 2021 at 16:35:42
The Local Government Association and others commissioned a report which makes the economic and fiscal case for constructing 100,000 new council homes each year.
The Centre for Social Justice has produced a new vision for affordable housing in an analysis of the hidden housing crisis.


London Recovery Programme


Posted on: 6 December 2021 at 15:46:21
The London Recovery Board has met to discuss progress of its nine recovery missions to help make London greener, fairer and safer. The Mayor has published their updates on the Talk London website here.


Advice for retrofitting homes


Posted on: 4 December 2021 at 15:17:41
retrofit advice note has been written by London Forum trustee Helen Warner on the points to take into consideration when making a home more carbon efficient.


Historic England November 2021 bulletin


Posted on: 2 December 2021 at 12:10:38
The November 2021 Planning Bulletin from Historic England is here.


Eighteen Environment Act 2021 key points


Posted on: 1 December 2021 at 20:11:14
There are eighteen items in the published Environment Act that planners, developers, communities and decision makers need to understand and apply.


High Street recovery


Posted on: 23 November 2021 at 12:19:07
The High Streets Task Force has published a report on footfall in high streets and district centres in 2020-2021 and what influences recovery. The trend shows a shift from retail to multifunctional high streets.
The NLA published a report 'Local London' on 1st December 2021 for building resilient neighbourhoods which demonstrates how our high streets and town centres can integrate a new mix of uses, enhance public realm, improve infrastructure and ultimately strengthen the capital’s polycentricity.
The LUHC Committee published a report on High Street recovery and how the Government must learn the related lessons from Covid-19.


Chief Planner's November 2021 newsletter


Posted on: 22 November 2021 at 15:01:51
The government’s chief planner, Joanna Averley, in her latest newsletter to local authorities has reiterated a ministerial call for councils to complete work on their local plans by December 2023. They are urged also to publish their newly-required infrastructure funding statements of contributions through section 106 planning obligations or the community infrastructure levy (CIL) by the “fast approaching” deadline of the end of 2021.

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