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London Forum Updates

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HCLG Committee work including 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.
Lisa Fairmaner, Head of the London Plan team, and others gave evidence to that committee, as here
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 from the Government to their proposals made after an earlier inquiry on the need to deliver more social housing. You will see the unsatisfactory response to their recommendation 6 and to others.

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.

Mayor opposes PWP changes and its timescale indications

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.
Since this update was written the Housing Minister has said the Planning White Paper changes will not be implemented soon, as here.
That follows some statements by the Secretary of State on the timescale and 'More work to be done' on the new standard housing need method.
A comment on the proposed new Infrastructure Levy to replace CIL is 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'.

More work to be done on housing formula

Posted on: 25 October 2020 at 11:11:10
In an interview Planning Resource published, Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP was asked by former Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain, if the government has got its proposed changes to the standard method for calculating housing requirement right. Jenrick said: “There is more work to be done. It’s a genuine consultation and we’re listening to people’s views”.
An article in the Sunday Telegraph 15th November 2020 revealed the concerns of Conservative MPs about the likely effect of the housing requirements formula and it is being considered for amendment. It is unlikely to deliver the low-cost rent homes that London needs until the Government recognises that requirement.
On the Planning White Paper, Jenrick said "Next year we will be able to publish proposals in detail and to begin the legislative process, but there is a lot of work to do before then." Once legislation is in place, "we will then look to take it in stages, to bring some local authorities with us as the pilots, and give them the support they need to do the first plan-making process."

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