London Forum Updates
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.
Housing policy of the new Government
Posted on: 22 October 2016 at 18:07:00
There have been talks and announcements recently on housing. See Barwell on building homes for rent, HCA appoints agent for Starter Homes and Government reviews pledge to transform 100 housing estates.
The chair of the CLG Select Committee, Clive Betts MP, has written to the DCLG Secretary of State Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP on the potential impact of the 1% pa cut in rents on supported housing.
Historic England guidance: Listed Building enforcement
Posted on: 2 October 2016 at 22:45:35
There is a publication 'Stop the Rot' by Historic England explaining what can be done to save local heritage buildings.
London Councils - school shortfall and apprenticeships
Posted on: 30 September 2016 at 13:10:29
London Councils, which represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London, has published a report 'Do the Maths' identifying the need for more schools and the funding that will be required up to 2022.
Details are here.
London Councils has criticised the Government's apprenticeship plans, calling them unrealistic. See here.
Mayor's plans for new homes
Posted on: 24 September 2016 at 23:25:22
Sadiq Khan has launched a policy to provide homes at a 'London Living Rent' for those on low incomes.
The Mayor has set up a 'Homes for London' unit with a team to assist in viability assessments.
However, a recent press report indicates that the Mayor may not have secured social rented homes in a new Barking Riverside development.
Assembly Transport Committee question Val Shawcross
Posted on: 12 August 2016 at 19:54:06
A very interesting transcript is here of the Assembly discussions on 13th July 2016 with the new Deputy Mayor for Transport. It covers subjects that will be taken into account by Transport for London for their future projects and policies and for the Mayor's Transport Strategy. The document can be word searched for topics. The Assembly raised points on road tunnels, noise from Night Tube trains, pedestrianisation of Oxford Street and many other subjects that TfL will be considering for their business plan.
Lobbying and campaigning by charities
Posted on: 12 August 2016 at 19:44:46
A briefing report on this subject has been published by the House of Lords library.
There is also a Government consultation on official warnings to charities and trustees with a closing date of 23rd September 2016.
LB Wandsworth achieves a good library service
Posted on: 12 August 2016 at 19:28:44
A report by Wandsworth Council shows considerable achievement in library management and development.
See also the summary here.
It is hoped that other boroughs will be able to make similar improvements in libraries.
NLA publishes reports following events
Posted on: 3 August 2016 at 19:52:22
The New London Architecture Centre has published reports on several conferences and meetings held. See Southwark moves to centre stage , London councils put heads together to create more affordable workspace and Work – The talent exodus – how do we remedy it
CLG Committee chairman to Minister on Local Plans
Posted on: 3 August 2016 at 17:00:21
Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee has written to Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning about Local Plans. Some searching questions are posed in the letter and follow the CLG Committee's examination of the recommendations of the Expert Group which proposed in March ways of improving the preparation of Local Plans.
It is hoped that the intended 'simplification' of borough Local Plans in London will not be overdone, as Council policies required by the London Plan are important. Site allocations are necessary also in some detail to give confidence to communities that development is well planned and will be acceptable, beneficial and sustainable.