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Tall buildings, housing delivery and home affordabilty


Posted on: 9 July 2017 at 11:51:00
London Forum draws attention to the speech of the Minister Sajid Javid to local government representatives on lessons from the Grenfell Tower disaster and the need for them to work closely with communities. Nowadays, Ministerial speeches can seem to be substanceless soundbites with no real proposals – this one is different. It has messages for politicians in Councils and their local people.
A related report was published by The Housing & Finance Institute (HFI) for a pause on any new high-rise blocks being started; a review of whether existing high-rise tower blocks can be made safe or whether they should simply be demolished, plus the need for a sharp acceleration of housebuilding.
The requirement for homes at low rents is being hindered by the NPPF's viability test it is claimed by TCPA.  They have published a report on building the homes that people need.
Lord True, the Leader of Richmond Council, has urged the Mayor to stop 'forcing' approval of high rise homes.


Responses to consultations by London Forum


Posted on: 12 June 2017 at 14:00:37
The London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies has published several responses to recent consultations of the last Government and of the GLA.
They are on the Mayor's Ultra Low Emission Zone, the DEFRA plan for improving air quality, the DEFRA consultation on litter, the Westminster City Council consultation on building heights, the Government's National Policy Statement for airport expansion and the DCLG consultation on a Housing White Paper.
London Forum will be monitoring what a new Government does with our responses to the consultations issued before the 2017 election and we will be seeking the outcomes that we think would be best for London.


Political parties promise more social housing


Posted on: 16 May 2017 at 23:47:14
There is a BBC report on this here.


Assembly committees and their members for 2017-18


Posted on: 16 May 2017 at 23:37:25
See details here.


Boroughs can impose 'no CPZ parking permit' conditions


Posted on: 16 May 2017 at 23:28:20
A Court of Appeal judge has come down on the side of a London Council in a dispute over whether authorities have the right to impose restrictions on whether residents of new developments are entitled to apply for local parking permits.
See the judgement here.


First of the Mayor's new London Living Rent homes


Posted on: 7 May 2017 at 14:41:03
Details are here from City Hall about a new type of affordable home.
The new London Living Rent will help middle-income earners save for a deposit by offering below-market rents, based on one-third of local median gross household income. They can be up to 30 per cent cheaper than local market rents.


London Forum's response to the Housing White Paper


Posted on: 6 May 2017 at 12:59:36
The response is here.


Open event on the problems of many advertising panels


Posted on: 3 May 2017 at 20:31:00
How much advertising do you need/want on your high street and local main roads?
London Forum is holding an event at 6.30pm on Wednesday 10 May at The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL (nearest underground: Farringdon).  Details are here.


CLG Committee makes recommendations for house building


Posted on: 29 April 2017 at 12:18:09
The Government should support small and medium builders and ensure local authorities have the tools they need to make an effective contribution to solving the housing crisis, the Committee adds.
The committee of MPs investigated the reasons for too few new homes being built.  They say the Government should help to End dominance of big homebuilding firms to fix broken market
The report notes that the eight largest firms build more than half of all new homes and calls for a more competitive market, with a large number of companies of different sizes. The Committee recommends improving access to land and finance for smaller builders and says Government should reduce the risk for builders by preparing sites for development by providing infrastructure and planning permissions.


Gov't response to Lords EU Energy and Environment Comm


Posted on: 27 April 2017 at 13:32:50
The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee produced a report, ‘Brexit: Environment and Climate Change’ which can be seen here.
 
The Government's response has been published.

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