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London Forum Updates

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Estate ballots - are they working? - AJ report


Posted on: 2 April 2020 at 12:48:30
A report on a review of estate regeneration ballots has been published in the Architects Journal.


Government Chief Planner Steve Quartermain's newsletter


Posted on: 2 April 2020 at 11:39:34
Steve Quartermain has stepped down after 11 years in the role.
He has issued his final planning update newsletter 


Using heat from the Underground and cooling it


Posted on: 30 March 2020 at 22:47:54
In the first project of its type, warm air from the Underground is being used to heat homes.
More than 1,000 homes in Islington are now being heated by air from the Northern line via an energy centre located in what is left of the City Road tube station, which closed in 1922. The system can also be reversed to channel cool air into Tube tunnels.
TfL has said that is has identified a further 56 sites where the system could be implemented. 


Government proposals for allowing skywriting


Posted on: 30 March 2020 at 16:04:22
There was a consultation on permitting skywriting and skytyping here.
London Forum has commented on the proposals and the Guardian had an article about it.


Restoring drinking fountains for water bottle re-use


Posted on: 28 March 2020 at 21:10:15
An achievement of an organisation and a Councillor in Chiswick, west London, in restoring an old water fountain near to an Underground station may inspire societies to consider what they can do locally - see here.
The planning for it could be started whilst waiting for Covid-19 to be history!


LB Barnet - action against advert/phone proposals


Posted on: 28 March 2020 at 18:42:43
The are many applications for an additional 'phone' on a walkway which is only an excuse for siting a large advertising panel attached to it.
LB Barnet has used distraction of drivers and potential for crime as reasons for refusal.


Draft Hertfordshire transport strategy


Posted on: 27 March 2020 at 22:17:13
This could affect London and Andrew Bosi has commented for London Forum.


London Assembly report on Neighbourhood Planning


Posted on: 25 March 2020 at 21:35:50
The report and recommendations on this subject have been published.
The use of Neighbourhood Plans in London is very low.


Assessment of Jenrick's directed London Plan changes


Posted on: 21 March 2020 at 13:56:39
Peter Eversden and Michael Bach have commented for London Forum on the changes to Sadiq Khan's New London Plan that have been directed by the Secretary of State.
The implications and the way many changes are not justified is explained.


15 things about Jenrick's future planning changes


Posted on: 21 March 2020 at 13:50:38
The Secretary of State, the Right Hon Robert Jenrick MP, has made proposals for the way the planning system should be changed.
There is an article by Michael Donnelly for 'Planning' which has a summary.

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