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Implications of delegated and virtual decision making


Posted on: 25 April 2020 at 20:08:10
The set of comments here by David Blackman may be useful.


Results of green spaces during Covid-19 lockdown survey


Posted on: 25 April 2020 at 15:44:06
The National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces has issued here details of the responses it received to the survey on this subject commissioned by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
A link is provided in the announcement to the Government's statement on parks and open spaces being important during the lockdown.


Details of Design Review Panels in boroughs published


Posted on: 22 April 2020 at 18:49:00
A list of Design Review Panels is here.


Tall buildings in London


Posted on: 21 April 2020 at 10:37:36
The latest NLA report on tall buildings proposed, approved and being built is available here.


Resident association's initiative to help NHS staff


Posted on: 17 April 2020 at 15:26:01
A resident association in Hounslow borough is raising funds to provide personal protection equipment to a local hospital. See here.
Several London Forum members reported in a recent ZOOM conference their own local initiatives.


Westminster City Council on-line planning committee


Posted on: 16 April 2020 at 17:23:25
This event on 14th April 2020 was the first by the Council to be held using Microsoft Teams and can be seen by clicking on 'Join Anonymously' here.


Planning Inspectorate announces 'virtual' work methods


Posted on: 16 April 2020 at 10:02:53
Details of the way the Planning Inspectorate will deal with appeals, Local Plan examination and other work during the Covid-19 lockdown is described here.
There is a link to its principles for working using telephone or video conferencing which states "We want to ensure everyone involved including local communities can participate fairly." London Forum awaits further details on that.
However, site visits to appeal sites may not be held if "the proposed written representations appeal can be properly decided on the basis of digital images." That is of concern because such images are usually taken with wide angle (24mm) lens, rather than the way the eye would see a proposed development which is the equivalent of a 50mm focal length lens. Communities should challenge inacurate visual representations.


Historic England Advice Note on Tall Buildings (HEAN 4)


Posted on: 11 April 2020 at 17:02:00
Historic England is updating its 2015 advice note on tall buildings.The consultation on a revised version is here.Since the update of 12th March advising members of this, the closing date for comments has been extended to 28th May 2020.Societies are asked to consider the draft revised advice note and to send comments to governmentadvice@HistoricEngland.org.uk


RBK&C holds Planning Committee by Microsoft Teams


Posted on: 11 April 2020 at 15:36:12
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea held a planning decisions event online on 9th April 2020. Details are here.
It is one of the first to be held that way. The cases were not complicated and in some boroughs they are the kind that are decided under delegated powers. See the note below of 3rd April 17:03 on that.
The event can be viewed here.
Use the "Join anonymously" link under "Sign in" to watch the proceedings.
 
London Forum would welcome feedback to planning@londonforum.org.uk on Council on-line committee meetings held in your borough.  


Virtual Local Authority meetings - by R Harwood OBE QC


Posted on: 6 April 2020 at 11:22:45
Some useful details of how laws influence the holding by Councils of virtual meetings have been issued in a note by Richard Harwood OBE QC.  See the information here.
 
Note also the update below on this subject of 3 April 2020 at 17:03

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