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London Forum Updates

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More London Plan guidance consultations

Posted on: 19 November 2021 at 22:43:05
There are consultations on two pieces of London Plan guidance for Air Quality Neutral (AQN) and Air Quality Positive (AQP). An engagement portal is for access to the documents, signing up to events about them and submitting responses. Deadline for submissions to the consultations is 27 February 2022.

Public London Charter published

Posted on: 17 November 2021 at 16:28:40
The GLA Public London Charter, consulted upon in 2020, has been launched. It supports London Plan Policy D8 Public realm part H and paragraph 3.8.9 and applies to all developments in which new public space is provided.

Government Heat & Buildings Strategy

Posted on: 13 November 2021 at 12:30:14
The Government has published a Net Zero strategy, a Hydrogen strategy and a Heat and Buildings strategy. Those will affect our homes in future.
London Forum has produced some notes on net zero and hydrogen policies and extracts from the Government's documents.
There is a very informative video which the Hammersmith Society has published within an article here. It has some warnings about conversion from gas boilers to air source heat pumps and encouraging comments about the future use of hydrogen boilers.

Richmond Society draft manifesto

Posted on: 8 November 2021 at 13:12:45
A draft manifesto of vision for its area has been prepared by the Richmond Society to be considered at its AGM in December 2021. It can be seen here.
Details of similar publications by other societies are welcomed.

Additional draft London Plan Guidance

Posted on: 7 November 2021 at 19:39:57
Two more pieces of draft guidance for London Plan policies have been published. Consultation on them runs until 20th December 2021.
They are for the Urban Greening Factor (UGF) related to Policy G5 and for Sustainable Transport, Walking and Cycling related to Policy T3 and can be seen by clicking on numbers 8 and 10 in the list of guidance here.
A GLA presentation about the UGF is here.

London needs more low-cost rent homes

Posted on: 4 September 2021 at 12:33:31
A report by London Councils, supporting boroughs, and the G15 group on housing associations points out that forecasts for 2021/25 highlight that London’s demand for affordable housing is almost eight times greater than the number of homes forecast to be delivered (compared to the average of 2.6 in England).

Chief Planner's August 2021 newsletter

Posted on: 30 August 2021 at 13:00:16
Joanna Averley provided an update on Government planning activities to local authorities. It covers the following:-

  • Local authorities are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to participate in the National Model Design Code Phase 2 pilot

  • Temporary Pavement Licence Provisions first introduced in 2020 are to be in place for a further 12 months until 30 September 2022

  • DEFRA is seeking opportunities to create new woodland

  • Natural England proposes the Biodiversity Metric 3 for biodiversity net gain outcomes should be put to formal consultation in 2022, as required under the Environment Bill, to improve its definitions

  • MHCLG will be carrying out user research to support its planning reform programme and organisations can sign up here

Rescuing Hammersmith Bridge

Posted on: 18 August 2021 at 10:22:51
A proposal for repairing Hammersmith Bridge has been published.

Assessing proposals for building upwards

Posted on: 8 August 2021 at 12:30:02
LB Barnet applied a reason for refusal of extra floors on a house, which the Government made permitted development (PDR), which is here.
See more on PDR in updates below dated 12th July, 23rd June and 8th April.

New NPPF and final NMDC

Posted on: 23 July 2021 at 10:44:42
Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government) made the following statement on 20th July 2021.
"We have today published the response to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Model Design Code consultation. The updated NPPF has been published at and the response to the consultation is available at:"
There is a document showing NPPF changes from the 2019 to the 2021 version.
The UK Green Building Council has criticised the NPPF as here and here.
The lawyer Zack Simons has written on five important things that he thinks are missing from the July 2021 NPPF version. London Forum has proposed to MHCLG that a national policy on tall buildings is needed also.
The latest version of the NMDC and associated guidance is available here.
The Government has launched an Office for Place to support local planning authorities in developing design codes and delivering good design.
Robert Jenrick's speech on all the above emphasised the importance of beauty.
The Place Alliance has carried out research into the design skills, resources and design governance approaches in local authorities. There are other useful reports on their web site in the 'Place Quality Research' pages.

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