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Lyons report published into future of Local Government

Posted on: 18 October 2014 at 23:13:19
The report, commissioned by the Labour Party, can be seen here.
Several recommendations are made which should have responses in Party mainfestos for next year's elections.
Elements of the Finance Commission report here are not covered but community groups should seek implementation of its proposals through their MP.
The Local Government Association has responded to the Lyons Housing Review and promoted its own plan for delivering half a million extra new homes over the period of the next Parliament. Details are here.

New survey and report on retirement homes

Posted on: 13 October 2014 at 13:30:10
Knight Frank has published a report here on this topic.

Improving public transport to London's airports

Posted on: 11 October 2014 at 21:57:10
A comprehensive report on this subject has been published by TravelWatch here.

Response to DCLG's planning 'Technical Consultation'

Posted on: 8 October 2014 at 19:14:02
London Forum's comments on this subject are here.

Spending Community Infrastructure Levy funds locally

Posted on: 7 October 2014 at 14:58:52
Government Guidance here explains how the 15% or 25% of income from CIL is supposed to be spent in the vicinity of a development.
It includes the following:-
"Communities without a Parish, Town or Community Council will still benefit from the 15% neighbourhood portion (or 25% portion, if a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order has been made). If there is no Parish, Town or Community Council, the charging authority will retain the levy receipts but should engage with the communities where development has taken place and agree with them how best to spend the neighbourhood funding. Charging authorities should set out clearly and transparently their approach to engaging with neighbourhoods using their regular communication tools e.g. website, newsletters, etc. The use of neighbourhood funds should therefore match priorities expressed by local communities, including priorities set out formally in neighbourhood plans."
Civic, amenity and community groups should agree with their Council how they will be consulted and engaged in this process. Meanwhile, they should be considering the local priorities for infrastructure investment.

Sustainable Urban Drainage updates/guidance available

Posted on: 5 October 2014 at 16:03:24
See for the latest information on using SuDS in property development and in the public realm.
Community groups need to make sure their Council applies SuDS conditions, including pervious surfaces, to planning approvals and in its own highways and car park maintenance.

Traffic data issued for Mayor’s East-West cycle routes

Posted on: 4 October 2014 at 21:23:29
Traffic modelling data for the Mayor of London’s new cycle superhighway schemes has been released by TfL as part of City Hall’s commitment to openness and transparency over journey times and their impacts on vehicle traffic.

Mayor offers £9m for High Streets revitalisation

Posted on: 4 October 2014 at 20:24:54
Small businesses and community groups on London’s high streets are being encouraged to apply for a share of a new £9m fund from the Mayor of London to help revitalise and even potentially change the way we use our high streets.

"Government rubber stamps the Great Drain Robbery"

Posted on: 12 September 2014 at 15:33:29
The organisations who sought alternative solutions to the building of the Thames tunnel to collect sewer overflows have reacted to the decision by Government that the tunnel will be built.
Their Press release is here.

Report suggests how more homes could be built in London

Posted on: 12 September 2014 at 13:43:34
The G15 Group of housebuilders has proposed ways that the supply of new homes in London could be increased. Their report is here.
A page at the Homes for London web site here shows details for boroughs and articles on the rental market.

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