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Response to HCLG Committee on PWP

Posted on: 30 November 2020 at 15:04:10
London Forum responded as here to the call for evidence by the HCLG Committee on the Planning White Paper 'Planning for the Future'.
Several London Forum members were invited to join HCLG discussion groups on the subject. 
The HCLG Committee's web page will be updated with reports on this inquiry and others, with any Government response, under 'Publications'.
The Committee had a reply to their proposals made after an earlier inquiry on delivering more social housing. You will see the unsatisfactory Government response to recommendation 6 and to others.

Report on the new Use Classes

Posted on: 28 November 2020 at 16:49:34
A report on a series of practical problems with the new Use Classes regime, raising concerns over its longer-term impact, has been published here.

New database of all planning applications

Posted on: 26 November 2020 at 15:13:51
The GLA has launched a new database that includes data about all development proposals in London - see The Planning London Datahub.

Planning Aid for London re-launched

Posted on: 26 November 2020 at 12:27:28
Planning Aid for London will be issuing quarterly newsletters to those who subscribe on their web site.
They report that "In partnership with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), PAL has been awarded a grant from Trust for London in June. We have expanded our advice line service, and have started to work with community groups on planning in their local area. Long-term casework support for community groups seeking to influence development and planning in their neighbourhoods will be available again from early next year."

Mayor sets out a social housing programme

Posted on: 24 November 2020 at 21:21:19
The most acute housing need in London is for low-cost homes to rent. The Mayor has secured an agreement with the Government to allow more than half the £4 billion Affordable Homes Programme for 2021-26 to be used to fund social rented homes. See here.
Conditions are described for developers wishing to bid for funds.

Local heritage list campaign

Posted on: 13 November 2020 at 20:47:46
The Government has issued a call for expressions of interest to encourage communities to nominate those locally important historic buildings which they value most for inclusion in their local authority’s local list.
Also, there is an Historic England consultation on revision of its advice for supporting communities and local authorities in introducing a local heritage list in their area or making changes to an existing list.

Homes for London's key workers

Posted on: 13 November 2020 at 19:03:11
A case for providing homes for key workers in the airspace above existing buildings has been developed at the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, University College London.
Increasing the height of existing buildings has been made permitted development by the Government as here. However, this Bartlett suggested initiative goes beyond the restrictions of those provisions and, where approved, could provide low cost affordable homes specifically for London's workers on low incomes.
There will be a Voice of Authority webinar on this subject on Wednesday December 2 16:00 and bookings can be made here.

Mayor opposes proposed planning changes

Posted on: 10 November 2020 at 15:11:31
Sadiq Khan has warned in a Press Release that the planning changes proposed by Government in 'Planning for the Future' would risk undoing years of progress.
Also, a survey shows that many Councils lack the resources to deliver the Government’s proposed changes.
The Mayor had made comments on the earlier 'Changes to the Current Planning System' consultation. He then gave responses to the Government's 'Planning for the Future' consultation questions. He submitted a paper on the wider implications of the proposals.
Comments were made also by Transport for London, including their input on the Planning White Paper questions, as here.

Safeguarded Wharves Directions

Posted on: 10 November 2020 at 14:34:10
On 15 September 2020 the Secretary of State confirmed his agreement with the recommendations of the Mayor included in the Implementation Report – Safeguarded Wharves Review 2018-2019.
All planning applications affecting safeguarded wharves must be referred to the Mayor and a list by borough of each one is here.

Response to 'Planning for the Future'

Posted on: 29 October 2020 at 23:17:07
London Forum's final response to the consultation on the Government's Planning White Paper was submitted and can be seen here.
Our member societies are thanked for their contributions to this submission.
Based on comments in the response, London Forum answered the questions of the HCLG Select Committee's Call for Evidence on the Government's consultation 'Planning for the Future'.

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