Issue 11: 30 March 2016

    Judges give victory to Shepherds Bush traders

    Market traders in Shepherds Bush have won a High Court appeal that blocks the progress of a major redevelopment of the market site by Orion Land. The judgement says compulsory purchase orders issued by former communities secretary Eric Pickles were delivered with a lack of sound reasoning for them. In overturning the orders, the appeal [...]

    Housebuilders propose affordable deal

    The head of Berkeley Group, one of the UK’s largest housebuilding groups, has proposed the setting of a simple affordable housing tariff across major developments. Tony Pidgley said a 30% affordable housing level, set as a blanket rule, would be something developers could simply work around. He also proposed that affordable rents should be set [...]

    Sorry tale of Garden Bridge procurement

    Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London have been roundly criticised for the way they procured the controversial Garden Bridge, just as the final preparations for its construction are made. The GLA’s Oversight Committee says in a report that the process included “blunders, leaked documents, missing paperwork, defensive responses and confusion”. It has called for [...]

    Heseltine looks for gateway growth

    The government has asked Lord Heseltine to take a look at the regeneration of east London, and the wider Thames Estuary. In his budget speech, chancellor George Osborne revealed the appointment, saying: “Michael Heseltine has accepted my invitation to lead a Thames Estuary Growth Commission and he will report to me with its ideas next [...]

    GLA calls for housing sites

    Landowners and developers are being invited to submit sites for residential development, into a new study that will guide planners in assessing where the capital’s new homes get built. The Call for Sites is part of the London Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, a study that will feed information into the next London Plan. It [...]