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City of Westminster new road space uses


Posted on: 13 June 2020 at 22:26:07
Westminster City Council has published plans for implementing changes to increase space for pedestrians and cyclists.


More realistic 'Verified Views'


Posted on: 13 June 2020 at 22:02:34
The Landscape Institute has upgraded its guidance on the way images should be generated that indicate the appearance and impact of proposed new buildings.
They have decided that 50mm lenses should be used because that demonstrates the way the human eye would see a building within an established context.
The use of 28mm wide angle lens that makes the 'verified view' of a building in a planning application appear to be less that it would be is no longer the standard.
The Landscape Institute states in its announcement that "It is the LI’s view that the new guidance 06/19 should apply to new commissions undertaken from 17 Sep 2019 onwards."
Civic and community groups that find planning applications or appeal documentation that have verified views taken with a 28mm lens should challenge the evidence and seek views based on the LI guidance here


London post Covid-19 Transition Board


Posted on: 13 June 2020 at 21:53:55
Further to the update below about the plans for London's post Covid-19 recovery, the London Transition Board has met for the first time, as here.


Bail-out by Government of TfL


Posted on: 13 June 2020 at 21:06:46
The previous update gave detail of the operational and financial input to the Transport for London Board (TfL) meeting on 2nd June 2020 following the funding until October of TfL by the Government.
A five hour video of that meeting is here.
Robert Gordon Clark of the London Communications Agency commented on the Government's bail-out of TfL here and London First proposed some ways in which TfL could be viable here.


TfL Board considers TfL's response to Covid-19


Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 22:06:45
A report on London's public transport by the Commissioner of Transport, details of the Government's emergency funding and finance agreement for TfL plus TfL's emergency budget and its implications are all covered by a supplementary agenda for the Transport for London Board meeting that was held on 2nd June 2020 and which can be seen here.


Plans announced for London’s Covid-19 recovery


Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 21:45:45
The Mayor and Government are joining forces on a London Transition Board, looking at transition out of lockdown into the next phase.
Longer-term economic and social recovery will be overseen by the Mayor and London Councils’ by a London Recovery Board.
Details are here and a note of the first Recovery Board meeting is here.
The Government issued a note of the first Transition Board meeting here.


RTPI publishes responses of planners to Covid-19


Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 19:45:26
The Royal Town Planning Institute's report on the response to Coronavirus by members of the planning profession, including Sarah James of Civic Voice, is here.


Cities making less room for cars after Coronavirus


Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 18:30:24
There is an article on this in CITYLAB.


Urban Design London events on Street Management


Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 17:08:11
This update relates to the items below about the 'Streetspace' programme of the GLA and boroughs.
UDL holds events with experts talking to representatives from London Councils on the way new policies should be implemented, with an emphasis on design.
They have held events recently on Street Management for what could be done in the current pandemic period and during the recovery subsequently. A lot of the content relates to use of street space which London Forum's members should discuss with their local Council.
Reports by UDL on their Street Management events have been put into one document for information here.


Parliamentary Inquiry into use of E-Scooters


Posted on: 10 June 2020 at 15:30:18
Firstly, London Forum thanks those of its members who participated in the on-line ZOOM conference on 'Streetspace' on 4th June 2020. Your contributions were most helpful and issues are being pursued with William Bradley of the GLA.
One of the concerns expressed was about the use of powered e-scooters.
There is a Transport Select Committee inquiry into e-scooters. The Committee is receiving evidence about e-scooters up to the end of June 2020. If you have concerns about the use of these, in your park or on pavements, you can easily submit your evidence via this link 
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/272/escooters/
There were problems in Singapore with their use and legislation has been introduced as the following article explains https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltagov/en/newsroom/2019/11/1/e-scooters_tobe_prohibited_on_allfootpaths_following_safety_review.html

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