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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.


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

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