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Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change

Posted on: 1 August 2017 at 16:15:14
Parliament's Committee on Climate Change has produced a report and recommendations on this subject.  The Committee concluded that two related plans are required by law and they are needed now.

Planning reform proposals

Posted on: 1 August 2017 at 16:12:00
The House of Commons Library has published a document on this subject to inform MPs of the changes to planning policies that the Government has indicated could be made.

Historic England comments on keeping public parks open

Posted on: 31 July 2017 at 23:46:53
The response made to the Government's consultation on this subject by Historic England can be seen here.

£85m Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme launched in London

Posted on: 29 July 2017 at 22:02:51

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a £85.9 million Liveable Neighbourhoods programme that aims to transform town centres and neighbourhood into more attractive and accessible public spaces.
The programme will give boroughs the opportunity to bid for funding for long-term schemes that encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
It will provide grants of between £1 million and £10 million to a wide range of community-supported projects. These could be the creation of green space, new cycling infrastructure or the widening of pedestrian routes to improve access to shops and public transport.
The programme is part of Khan’s Healthy Streets approach. It featured in his draft Transport Strategy which is out for consultation until 2 October 2017.
Khan said: “I’ve set out bold plans to transform the way Londoners move around our city to improve our health, air quality and future prosperity. London’s boroughs are key partners in delivering this vision and through this new funding we can make a real difference by supporting the projects that local people want to see. This will ensure that the improvements really work for our local communities, transforming our town centres and successfully encouraging many more Londoners to walk, cycle or use public transport for the good of their health and our environment.”

Tall buildings, housing delivery and home affordabilty

Posted on: 9 July 2017 at 11:51:00
London Forum draws attention to the speech of the Minister Sajid Javid to local government representatives on lessons from the Grenfell Tower disaster and the need for them to work closely with communities. Nowadays, Ministerial speeches can seem to be substanceless soundbites with no real proposals – this one is different. It has messages for politicians in Councils and their local people.
A related report was published by The Housing & Finance Institute (HFI) for a pause on any new high-rise blocks being started; a review of whether existing high-rise tower blocks can be made safe or whether they should simply be demolished, plus the need for a sharp acceleration of housebuilding.
The requirement for homes at low rents is being hindered by the NPPF's viability test it is claimed by TCPA.  They have published a report on building the homes that people need.
Lord True, the Leader of Richmond Council, has urged the Mayor to stop 'forcing' approval of high rise homes.

Responses to consultations by London Forum

Posted on: 12 June 2017 at 14:00:37
The London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies has published several responses to recent consultations of the last Government and of the GLA.
They are on the Mayor's Ultra Low Emission Zone, the DEFRA plan for improving air quality, the DEFRA consultation on litter, the Westminster City Council consultation on building heights, the Government's National Policy Statement for airport expansion and the DCLG consultation on a Housing White Paper.
London Forum will be monitoring what a new Government does with our responses to the consultations issued before the 2017 election and we will be seeking the outcomes that we think would be best for London.

Political parties promise more social housing

Posted on: 16 May 2017 at 23:47:14
There is a BBC report on this here.

Assembly committees and their members for 2017-18

Posted on: 16 May 2017 at 23:37:25
See details here.

Boroughs can impose 'no CPZ parking permit' conditions

Posted on: 16 May 2017 at 23:28:20
A Court of Appeal judge has come down on the side of a London Council in a dispute over whether authorities have the right to impose restrictions on whether residents of new developments are entitled to apply for local parking permits.
See the judgement here.

First of the Mayor's new London Living Rent homes

Posted on: 7 May 2017 at 14:41:03
Details are here from City Hall about a new type of affordable home.
The new London Living Rent will help middle-income earners save for a deposit by offering below-market rents, based on one-third of local median gross household income. They can be up to 30 per cent cheaper than local market rents.

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