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Assembly seeks input on living with a football stadium

Posted on: 6 September 2014 at 20:57:27
You may have seen the RSS feed into London Forum's web site London News page by the GLA on the Assembly's scrutiny on this subject. 

Across London, several new football stadium projects are in the pipeline and the London Assembly Regeneration Committee is asking Londoners how these multi-million pound developments impact local residents and businesses.
The Committee is asking Londoners via an online survey, what impact a new or refurbished stadium has had, or will have on their local area? How have house prices, noise levels, transport links and businesses near-by been impacted?
QPR FC is consulting local residents and businesses about their proposed plans to regenerate Old Oak Common, in conjunction with its plans to build a new 40,000 seater stadium. Brentford Football Club has obtained consent recently to a new stadium that prompted concerns by Transport for London about road congestion and overloading of local stations.
Please see the link to the Assembly's survey here and respond to it if you have relevant experience.

Changes in the way tickets are sold at stations

Posted on: 20 August 2014 at 15:37:57
London TravelWatch requests that the following details are considered for response and forwarded to others. Please help to get them extensive feedback on this subject, as below.
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As you may know, Transport for London (TfL) will be making major changes to the way in which tickets are sold at London Underground stations as part of their vision for the future of the tube. This is described at the following link:
As the independent body representing passengers, London TravelWatch wants to understand how people buy their tickets at the moment.  This will help inform our response to London Underground about their proposals.   We would therefore like to encourage your members to take a few minutes to complete our survey about how they buy their tickets through the following link:<>
Details for individual stations are still being finalised but LondonUnderground have produced a lot of detailed information ordered on a line by line basis and anyone who is interested can view further information on the following webpage:<>
Many thanks,  London TravelWatch

More on sources of development news in East & West London

Posted on: 13 August 2014 at 11:13:50
On 30th July 2014, links to web sites with news on developments in East and West London were provided by London Forum. The 'PLACE east london' one is used mainly for promoting conferences and there is a better news site for that part of London here. The news source for developments in West London is here.
There are links on the right hand side of those web sites to each borough covered by the service, for more news. Community and civic groups in those areas should use these update services to be kept informed.  London Forum will not then need to draw attention to key items.

Boris Johnson's talk on what to do about the EU

Posted on: 13 August 2014 at 10:08:04
A report by Dr Gerard Lyons on four possible scenarios for the UK's future relationship with Europe and a speech by Boris Johnson on the fundamental problems with the EU are here.

Garden outbuildings and Government guidance on the GPDO

Posted on: 5 August 2014 at 10:02:41
The Heston Residents Association (HRA) in Hounslow borough has sought clarification of the planning policies related to new buildings in residential property gardens. The HRA want to have the policies understood by their Councillors and applied at their Area Forum and by Council officers.
The details on this subject and the rules and definitions to be applied for the Development Order are now in this web site here.

Additional advice from GLA for growth in town centres

Posted on: 1 August 2014 at 11:16:04
Further to the update below of 30th July 2014 on the publications of the Mayor to help regeneration and viability of high streets, there is another document here.  It is about accommodating growth in town centres. The set of four guidance documents should help communities to work with their borough on local policy and plans. London Forum's open meeting on this subject will be on 25th November.

Spare land for housing needs to be identified

Posted on: 1 August 2014 at 10:50:47
The Assembly has published a report on land in boroughs that could be used for up to 10,000 extra homes. London Forum members could check if their borough has submitted figures included in the report. Boroughs with capacity identified should have policies to get housing built on the sites and those providing no figures should be urged to investigate what 'hidden' sites exist.

Mayor's 2050 Infrastructure Plan

Posted on: 31 July 2014 at 21:34:14
Boris Johnson's Infrastructure Plan sets out what infrastructure London requires. It is the first ever strategic attempt to set out London’s infrastructure needs, how much it might cost and how we pay for our needs. The aim is to better prepare for growth by overcoming today’s problems and bringing fresh thinking into delivering the infrastructure the city needs in order to also reap its benefits.
The consultation document is here and responses are requested by 31st October 2014.  The Assembly's comments are here.

Decline in heritage and conservation LPA resources

Posted on: 31 July 2014 at 16:01:53
English Heritage has reported here a continuation of a downward trend that began in 2006 which has seen numbers fall by over 32% in overall historic environment advice in local authorities. This breaks down into: 
• a drop of 26% in archaeological advice (including Historic Environment Records Officers), and
• a drop of 35% in conservation advice.
That is despite an increase in listed building planning applications.

Sources of development news updates

Posted on: 30 July 2014 at 20:19:16
London Forum tries to keep its members updated on all consultations, policy changes and matters that could affect development in their area. It is not possible with limited resources to cover all general news but two new sources of information could be valuable to members. They are two 'Place' networks for West London and East London that organise conference and networking events and publish development updates focussed on regeneration and economic development in London’s western and eastern boroughs.
You will find their reports here and here.
London Forum is considering using their RSS feeds to increase the information on its web site London News page here.

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