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Government proposals for Public Library services


Posted on: 5 December 2016 at 12:34:47
A new report calls on local authorities to make use of the buildings, staff and services, and think innovatively to help increase reading, literacy and digital access in communities.
The report says library buildings should be used to provide access to a range of public services such as employment, health and learning opportunities to make sure libraries have a sustainable future.


New basements need planning permission


Posted on: 5 December 2016 at 11:37:01
The High Court appears to have determined that basements cannot constitute permitted development and must always have permission.  See summary here.


Mayor's draft SPG on Affordable Housing and Viability


Posted on: 30 November 2016 at 11:39:58
A Supplementary Planning Guidance document has been published by City Hall on this subject for consultation up to the end of February 2017.
Applicants for subsidy-free developments that meet or exceed the 35 per cent threshold for affordable housing will not be required to submit viability information, as long as such housing is provided on site, and meets the borough’s specified tenure mix.



Posted on: 29 November 2016 at 10:50:19


Report for London Assembly on rogue landlords


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:14:44
Caroline Pidgeon, Assembly Member, is the author of the report.


RTPI report on 16 ways to address the housing crisis


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:05:12
The RTPI recommendations on this subject can be seen here.
There is also an RTPI paper on where new homes should be built.


Heathrow and Gatwick expansion benefits


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 15:00:40
An article in the Evening Standard commented on a Government report which claimed that a third runway at Heathrow airport was not as beneficial in some respects as a second runway at Gatwick.


Centre for London report on the future of the West End


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:58:31
The report and recommendations can be seen here.


Replacement London Plan - preparation and worshops


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:47:13
London Forum's members have been informed by an e-bulletin about the consultation and reviews that are taking place to inform the preparation of a replacement London Plan.
Sadiq Khan's summary of aims and intentions in a document 'A City for All Londoners' is here.  London Forum's members are urged to comment on the content of the document by 11th December by emailing yourviews@london.gov.uk 


London Finance Commission reconvened by Sadiq Khan


Posted on: 14 November 2016 at 14:40:38
The purpose, terms of reference and membership of the London Finance Commission are here.  There should be a report of its findings shortly.

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