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Mayor opposes PWP changes and its timescale indications

Posted on: 10 November 2020 at 15:11:31
Sadiq Khan has warned in a Press Release that the planning changes proposed by Government in 'Planning for the Future' would risk undoing years of progress.
Also, a survey shows that many Councils lack the resources to deliver the Government’s proposed changes.
The Mayor had made comments on the earlier 'Changes to the Current Planning System' consultation. He then gave responses to the Government's 'Planning for the Future' consultation questions. He submitted a paper on the wider implications of the proposals.
Comments were made also by Transport for London, including their input on the Planning White Paper questions, as here.
Since this update was written the Housing Minister has said the Planning White Paper changes will not be implemented soon, as here.
That follows some statements by the Secretary of State on the timescale and 'More work to be done' on the new standard housing need method.
A comment on the proposed new Infrastructure Levy to replace CIL is here.

Safeguarded Wharves Directions

Posted on: 10 November 2020 at 14:34:10
On 15 September 2020 the Secretary of State confirmed his agreement with the recommendations of the Mayor included in the Implementation Report – Safeguarded Wharves Review 2018-2019.
All planning applications affecting safeguarded wharves must be referred to the Mayor and a list by borough of each one is here.

Response to 'Planning for the Future'

Posted on: 29 October 2020 at 23:17:07
London Forum's final response to the consultation on the Government's Planning White Paper was submitted and can be seen here.
Our member societies are thanked for their contributions to this submission.
Based on comments in the response, London Forum answered the questions of the HCLG Select Committee's Call for Evidence on the Government's consultation 'Planning for the Future'.

More work to be done on housing formula

Posted on: 25 October 2020 at 11:11:10
In an interview Planning Resource published, Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP was asked by former Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain, if the government has got its proposed changes to the standard method for calculating housing requirement right. Jenrick said: “There is more work to be done. It’s a genuine consultation and we’re listening to people’s views”.
An article in the Sunday Telegraph 15th November 2020 revealed the concerns of Conservative MPs about the likely effect of the housing requirements formula and it is being considered for amendment. It is unlikely to deliver the low-cost rent homes that London needs until the Government recognises that requirement.
On the Planning White Paper, Jenrick said "Next year we will be able to publish proposals in detail and to begin the legislative process, but there is a lot of work to do before then." Once legislation is in place, "we will then look to take it in stages, to bring some local authorities with us as the pilots, and give them the support they need to do the first plan-making process."

GLA Guidance published for comment

Posted on: 21 October 2020 at 13:29:27
London Plan Guidance expands on some policies in the London Plan and several documents are now out for consultation until January 2021. Find out more, get involved and please share.
Events are being offered to give more information about each guidance document and can be booked here.

Government refuses MPs social housing call

Posted on: 8 October 2020 at 11:35:44
The Government has failed to commit to a number of recommendations put forward by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee of cross-party MPs regarding the delivery of social housing. See an article here.
That is very serious for London where 47% of all new homes should be for social and low-cost rent.
That does not seem to be understood by Ministers in MHCLG who are proposing instead that boroughs should deliver a minimum of 25% of onsite affordable housing as 'First Homes' for discounted sale and a minimum of 25% of offsite contributions for affordable housing should go towards First Homes, even though they would be affordable by only 2% of Londoners, as the GLA has demonstrated.

Access to Mayor's planning cases

Posted on: 8 October 2020 at 10:14:50
Peter Kemp, Head of Change and Delivery, Planning at the GLA has relaunched the websearch for referred applications, enabling you to track, comment on and monitor decisions on applications referred to the Mayor.
Comments can be made on live applications and the facility covers also the GLA responses to Local Plan consultations.

'Changes to the Current Planning System'

Posted on: 1 October 2020 at 21:34:03
London Forum has submitted its response to this consultation, as notified in the update of 6th August below.

Better office conversion standards

Posted on: 1 October 2020 at 21:19:33
New homes delivered through Permitted Development Rights will have to meet new space standards as well as all new homes delivered through permitted development needing to provide adequate natural light.
See Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick's announcement on 30th September 2020 here.

GPDO & UCO Amendments: Guidance and Scrutiny

Posted on: 19 September 2020 at 15:08:28
The planning lawyer Simon Ricketts, a partner of Town Legal LLP, produces some helpful briefings on changes to the planning system. In a recent blog he has drawn attention to guidance published by the Government for new rules on permitted development and on high street use classes. Details of those were given in earlier updates below of 27th July and 5th August.
Simon's latest blog on them is here.
The links in it to guidance published on these subjects should help civic societies in liaison with their Council(s) on the approach being taken in managing the effect locally of the new rules.

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