7 Apr 2015
What role should BIDs play?
BIDs must capitalise on the good work they have done in their 10 years of existence in the UK and the ‘retreat’ of local and national government, with further support for much-needed services and place-shaping. But they should also perhaps be armed with new powers as statutory planning consultees and to take on the utilities firms as they ‘wreck’ the public realm that BIDs do so much to help shape.
30 Mar 2015
A spur to regeneration
Tottenham is on course to see a major transformation in coming years, buoyed by investment and improved transport accessibility. But the development industry as a whole must learn to adopt new and better ways of engaging the ‘silent majority’ in wide-ranging changes affecting their locality.
24 Mar 2015
London needs wider south-east plan
A string of measures brought in by Government to improve planning have made little difference to the volume and certainty of major applications, while permitted development rights have resulted in the loss of employment space and affordable housing as well as a ‘tension’ with localism. But London could be improved by a review of the Green Belt and the creation of a wider south east regional plan that the GLA revealed it is aiming to publish by 2019.
17 Mar 2015
Loosening the Green Belt
London should conduct a review of its Green Belt land to see if it can help to address the city’s housing need, perhaps within a wider regional plan. But it must be careful to avoid being railroaded into simply enriching landowners and should conduct an intelligent appraisal of its brownfield capacity first.
16 Mar 2015
Latest tall buildings figures revealed!
Latest tall buildings figures revealed: 263 towers planned and around
14,800 new homes under construction for London.
10 Mar 2015
New London Model unveiled by Mayor’s Chief of Staff
New London Architecture’s 1:2000 scale model of central London was unveiled this morning by Sir Edward Lister, The Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Policy, on the London Stand at MIPIM in Cannes.
6 Mar 2015
Public London Working Group
London’s ability to create better public realm has improved over the last decade, aided in part by the reduction in vehicular traffic in the centre. But it needs to get better in creating spaces fitting for a world city in the run up to the opening of Crossrail in 2018 and to prepare for the many more people arriving in the capital as a result.
3 Mar 2015
In the zone – housing gets a boost
Housing zones will provide an important fillip for the residential sector in London, helping to hit targets and placemaking ideals.