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Secretary of State issues paper on future of planning


Posted on: 15 March 2020 at 21:47:03
Rt Hon Robert Jenrick has published 'Planning for the Future' for revisions to the planning system.
It proposes several consultation papers in the coming months.
Unfortunately, it suggests more permitted development to which London Forum is strongly opposed as it removes the opportunity of boroughs and their communities to influence changes.


SoS criticises Mayor and his 'Intend to Publish' Plan


Posted on: 15 March 2020 at 21:28:28
The Rt Hon Robert Jenkins, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, has issued a strongly worded letter to Sadiq Khan about his achievements and the content of his 'Intend to Publish' version of the New London Plan.
An appendix to the letter provides changes to the Plan which the Minister is directing the Mayor to make.
London Forum will report on the implications in the March 2020 Newsforum and in future updates.


Good Quality Homes for all Londoners SPG


Posted on: 14 March 2020 at 18:15:28
The Mayor has made available details of a pre-consultation draft on this subject.
London Forum's members should consider the planning guidance and provide comments on it to planning@londonforum.org.uk to assist with London Forum's response when the consultation draft is published.


Historic England consults on Tall Buildings advice note


Posted on: 12 March 2020 at 21:03:09
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


Summary of housing parts of Government's 2020 Budget


Posted on: 12 March 2020 at 19:13:15
The Planning Portal has issued a March 2020 Budget summary of the Chancellor's investments in the supply of housing and the delivery of more affordable homes.
It will not be clear yet how London will benefit from the investments in the Budget and the interpretation of the Budget by the Mayor and other organisations is awaited.
Apart from the local authority lending rate reduction for building social housing, it is not clear what the Government funding to the Mayor for low cost rent homes will be and what conditions will be applied.


TCPA 'blog' items of interest to communities


Posted on: 11 March 2020 at 20:02:40
The blog section of the TCPA web site here has some useful articles for civic and community groups, covering support for planners, capturing land value uplift, the forthcoming Planning White Paper, genuinely affordable homes, housing space standards and the problems with permitted development rights.
There are also TCPA publications on the advantages of green roofs and on place making and green infrastructure.


Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission report


Posted on: 11 March 2020 at 18:25:30
A report 'Living with Beauty' has been published by the commission set up by the Government to examine beauty as a policy objective.
Their recommendations are most welcome on how local authorities should plan for acceptable design of buildings in their report section 6 and how communities should be engaged by effective collaboration in planning and decision making in section 7. This provides another basis on which civic and community groups in London can insist that their Council plans and liaises properly.
The Commission's policy proposition 14 to "permit intensification with consent" is applicable to the planned densification of land use in outer London.
The Commission has warmly endorsed the recently published National Design Guide which was covered in the update below of 4th March and which also proposes better community participation.
London Forum will expect the Commission's proposals to be included in the forthcoming Government proposals for changes to the planning system.


News from Historic England


Posted on: 8 March 2020 at 21:07:53
There are several useful reports and recommendations by Historic England here.
 
An important one for civic and community groups to use is the report on 'Carbon in the Built Historic Environment' which has general applicability for embedded energy in buildings when repair or replacement is considered.


A map and a list of Neighbourhood Plans in London


Posted on: 8 March 2020 at 17:43:22
The location and status of Neighbourhood Plans in London can be seen here.
 
Whether it is for the next revision by their borough of the Local Plan or in preparation for proposing a Neighbourhood Forum, it is important for communities to clearly document and update proposals for the kind of development they want to see in their area and the issues that need to be resolved.


Community engagement in design and decision making


Posted on: 4 March 2020 at 12:03:31
London Forum informed its members in October 2019 about new National Design Guidance
 
Civic societies and residents' groups should familiarise themselves with the supporting information that was published here.
The section on 'Effective community engagement on design' is important and societies should check that their local Council is following the guidance and making available the opportunities for community engagement that are described.

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