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RTPI report on 16 ways to address the housing crisis

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:05:12
The RTPI recommendations on this subject can be seen here.
There is also an RTPI paper on where new homes should be built.

Heathrow and Gatwick expansion benefits

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:00:40
An article in the Evening Standard commented on a Government report which claimed that a third runway at Heathrow airport was not as beneficial in some respects as a second runway at Gatwick.

Centre for London report on the future of the West End

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:58:31
The report and recommendations can be seen here.

Replacement London Plan - preparation and worshops

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:47:13
London Forum's members have been informed by an e-bulletin about the consultation and reviews that are taking place to inform the preparation of a replacement London Plan.
Sadiq Khan's summary of aims and intentions in a document 'A City for All Londoners' is here.  London Forum's members are urged to comment on the content of the document by 11th December by emailing 

London Finance Commission reconvened by Sadiq Khan

Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:40:38
The purpose, terms of reference and membership of the London Finance Commission are here.  There should be a report of its findings shortly.

Housing policy of the new Government

Posted on: 22 October 2016 at 18:07:00
There have been talks and announcements recently on housing.  See Barwell on building homes for rentHCA appoints agent for Starter Homes and Government reviews pledge to transform 100 housing estates.
The chair of the CLG Select Committee, Clive Betts MP, has written to the DCLG Secretary of State Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP on the potential impact of the 1% pa cut in rents on supported housing.

Historic England guidance: Listed Building enforcement

Posted on: 2 October 2016 at 22:45:35
There is a publication 'Stop the Rot' by Historic England explaining what can be done to save local heritage buildings.

London Councils - school shortfall and apprenticeships

Posted on: 30 September 2016 at 13:10:29
London Councils, which represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London, has published a report 'Do the Maths' identifying the need for more schools and the funding that will be required up to 2022.
Details are here.
London Councils has criticised the Government's apprenticeship plans, calling them unrealistic. See here.

Mayor's plans for new homes

Posted on: 24 September 2016 at 23:25:22
Sadiq Khan has launched a policy to provide homes at a 'London Living Rent' for those on low incomes.
The Mayor has set up a 'Homes for London' unit with a team to assist in viability assessments.
However, a recent press report indicates that the Mayor may not have secured social rented homes in a new Barking Riverside development.

Assembly Transport Committee question Val Shawcross

Posted on: 12 August 2016 at 19:54:06
A very interesting transcript is here of the Assembly discussions on 13th July 2016 with the new Deputy Mayor for Transport.  It covers subjects that will be taken into account by Transport for London for their future projects and policies and for the Mayor's Transport Strategy.  The document can be word searched for topics.  The Assembly raised points on road tunnels, noise from Night Tube trains, pedestrianisation of Oxford Street and many other subjects that TfL will be considering for their business plan.

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