Issue 10: 17 March 2016

    Pipeline of towers backs up

    London’s planners have approved an additional 119 tall buildings in the last year, growing the pipeline of skyscrapers to 436. And in the last year the number of tall buildings under construction has risen from 70 to 89, according to figures from New London Architecture, GL Hearn and EGi London Residential Research. Their annually updated [...]

    New housing zones designated

    Eleven new London districts have been designated Housing Zones, bringing the total across the capital to 31. The hope is that the new locations will help further boost housing supply. The mayor’s office says it has invested £200 million to develop the extra zones, which are pencilled in to deliver 24,554 new homes. Sites have [...]

    Guidance on office conversions

    Mayor Boris Johnson has published supplementary planning guidance, to help London boroughs deal with office to residential conversions. The move comes as the government confirmed it plans to make its controversial permitted development rights scheme permanent. New legislation will now make it possible, under certain circumstances, to convert offices, light industrial units and launderettes to [...]

    More ideas for the mayor

    British Land has put forward a range of potential interventions for the new mayor to consider, having taken soundings among London developers and planners. The ideas, which range from the radical to the pragmatic, come under five key calls for action, and are laid out in a report titled Meeting London’s Future Needs. [...]

    City in the East takes a step forward in the Royals

    Mayor Boris Johnson and planners in Newham have put their latest proposals for the Royal Docks out to public consultation. The new planning framework covers Royal Docks and Beckton Riverside, firming up previously outlined aspirations, and setting a more positive tone on necessary infrastructure improvements. The hope is that further sites will be opened up [...]