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'Streetspace' programme guidance by UDL

Posted on: 18 June 2020 at 10:08:10
Urban Design London (UDL) has been holding webinars on how streets could be re-designed and reconfigured as traffic is managed.
Videos of the webinars can be seen here.
There will be a a round up of best practice on 30th June 2020. To book for that session email 

Report/proposals: 'Action on Empty Homes'

Posted on: 17 June 2020 at 15:41:07
Action on Empty Homes has studied the problem of homes not used and has produced a report and proposed actions that the Government and Councils could take.
London Forum's members should discuss this with their local authority.

Revisions to England's planning system

Posted on: 17 June 2020 at 13:59:08
The Government is proposing amendments to the planning system. A White Paper on the subject was proposed in 2019 and may be seen in the next few months.
London Forum has considered the suggestions that the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, and Policy Exchange have made for such changes and has prepared some draft 'Red Lines' which will be reviewed when further proposals are published by the Government.
London Forum wrote some months ago to the Secretary of State to oppose Permitted Development Rights (PDR) for 'building upwards'. The response left concerns about possible PDR for raising buildings other than blocks of flats.
London Forum will continue to make representations to Ministers and to the new Chief Planner in MHCLG, Joanna Averley, who was appointed on 16th June, as reported in Planning.
The retiring Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain, covered many matters of interest in his valedictory letter to local authorities.

Response to HE's Tall Buildings advice

Posted on: 17 June 2020 at 13:48:38
London Forum has submitted a response to Historic England's draft Advice Note 4 on consideration of tall buildings and their effect.
It was recommended in the update below of 2nd May 2020 that civic and community groups should submit their own comments to Historic England.

Living needs and ‘retirement’ homes of older people

Posted on: 13 June 2020 at 22:59:15
There have been several publications, articles and discussion groups on this subject. Some of them are contained in the document here.
There is a report "Too Little, Too Late?" - 'Housing for an ageing population' by Professor Les Mayhew.
Additional recommendations are in a report "Retirement Living Explained" - 'A Guide for Planning & Design Professionals'.
London Forum's members should discuss with their Council what plans there are locally for retirement housing.

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.

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