London Forum Updates
LB Hackney acts to protect town centres offices & shops
Posted on: 26 June 2015 at 21:53:01
London Borough of Hackney is to adopt an Article 4 Direction (A4D), across the borough’s key town and shopping centres.
The measure means that for offices and shops in areas such as Dalston, Hackney Central, Stoke Newington and Hoxton, a developer would need to submit a full planning application for a change of use.
Guy Nicholson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The government’s proposals make it easier for developers to change the use of buildings on our high streets without seeking planning permission.
"Converting a high street building from high street uses to unaffordable housing will lead to the decline of our high streets. It is for this reason the council is implementing the Article 4 Directions to ensure that our town centres continue to thrive and prosper into the future as places where we can meet people and do business".
New population figures - Office of National Statistics
Posted on: 26 June 2015 at 13:54:23
ONS has provided links to figures of Mid-Year Estimates for population growth.
The figures shown that 64,596,800 people lived in the UK in mid-2014, up 0.8 per cent from a year earlier. Just over half the increase was due to more people entering than leaving the country; and just under half accounted for by a greater number of births than deaths.
Consultancy Bilfinger GVA said that the the 2012 National Population Projection projected that the UK population would grow by 350,000 persons in 2012/13 and 384,000 persons in 2013/14 but the figures were, respectively, 372,000 and 451,000. So, national population growth has been around 12 per cent higher than previously projected.
Comments on Devolution Bill
Posted on: 26 June 2015 at 13:42:46
Will the Mayor of London get the powers and devolution recommended by the Finance Commission led by Professor Tony Travers?
Comments on the Devolution Bill before Parliament are here and here.
Report recommends locally-led housing delivery model
Posted on: 20 June 2015 at 21:33:43
A series of local bodies led by councils should be set up to provide support to overcome barriers faced in the delivery, funding and planning of new homes and infrastructure, think-tank ResPublica has recommended in a report.
New London Housing Commission formed
Posted on: 20 June 2015 at 21:14:33
The former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake is to lead a panel of experts in drawing up a blueprint for building more homes in the capital.
The aim of the London Housing Commission is to decipher evidence and produce a clear programme of action for London’s housing market.
Kerslake calls for review of extending Right to Buy
Posted on: 20 June 2015 at 15:06:20
A 'radical review' is needed of government plans to extend the Right to Buy policy to housing association tenants, former civil service chief Lord Kerslake urged at the inaugural Placemaking Summit.
A summary is here.
London's Economy - GLA report
Posted on: 12 June 2015 at 14:09:39
The report at May 2015 on this subject is here.
Design Panels - note by Civic Voice
Posted on: 12 June 2015 at 13:15:14
A summary of the sources of information on this subject has been provided by the Civic Voice and is available here.
Love Parks week in London 2015
Posted on: 12 June 2015 at 11:54:54
A celebration of London's parks and open spaces will be held from July 24th 2015. Community groups are asked to devise an event or activity in that week and register it. Details are here.
New Government, Opposition Cabinet members and London MPs
Posted on: 11 June 2015 at 11:59:07
Details of Government Ministers can be seen here.
The list of London MPs with roles in the Shadow Cabinet is here.
An All Party Parliamentary Group of London MPs has been formed. It is due to be co-chaired by Bob Neill, the Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, and Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, with Labour’s Catherine West (the newly elected MP for Hornsey and Wood Green) as Secretary and Paul Scully, the Conservative MP for Sutton and Cheam, as Treasurer. Support will be provided to the London APPG by London Councils.
London Forum now has a better opportunity to keep London MPs fully aware of the issues that affect planning, transport and quality of life in London. Their collective voice may help to restrict the kinds of adverse changes in permitted development, planning and housing policies and Use Class changes that have harmed London since 2010.
The London MPs are listed here