Issue 14: 20 April 2016

    Bishopsgate goods yard battle deferred

    A public hearing into the redevelopment of the Bishopsgate goods yard has been postponed, at the request of the developers. With just a week before the planned 18 April representation hearing, Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration asked for the delay. A report prepared for the mayor, and to be used at the hearing, recommended refusing the scheme [...]

    Millbank makeover wins approval

    Westminster City Council has agreed to the sensitive redevelopment of the listed Millbank Tower, to create apartments and a hotel. The scheme is one of the last to be reviewed under the borough’s old policy on office to residential conversion, which since September 2015 has been tightened to restrict such changes of use. And, in [...]

    Croydon gets to work on its housing problem

    The London borough of Croydon has set up its own housing developer, to help improve the delivery of new homes in its area. The establishment of Brick by Brick, as the company has been called, is another first for the forward-thinking borough. It starts with a pipeline of more than 50 sites, on which around [...]

    Air turns blue as cruise terminal reviewed

    Plans to develop a cruise terminal in Greenwich have been derailed by a local resident successfully arguing for a judicial review of the scheme’s approval. The case, supported by a crowdfunding campaign that has already raised more than £11,000, centres around the likely air pollution from cruise liners docking at the terminal. Residents have successfully [...]

    Old Oak Common conflict cleared up?

    The development of Old Oak Common with thousands of new homes has been put in jeopardy by bad planning that has meant a Crossrail depot is being constructed just where a future town centre ought to be. And despite assertions recently that a solution had been found, critics have accused the mayor’s office of “papering [...]