Issue 15: 29 April 2016

    Housing approvals stall across London

    Planning approvals for new homes across London are stalling. The first quarter saw just 4,320 new homes approved by London boroughs, a figure that is 64% down on the same period in 2015. The statistics, revealed by research conducted for London agents Stirling Ackroyd, lay bare the challenge of delivering more new housing to meet [...]

    Challenges for new mayor

    Outgoing mayor Boris Johnson will leave a file of major undecided redevelopment schemes, as he leaves office. And the decisions required will leave plenty of people marking the early days of the new major, shortly after he moves into City Hall. Key among those requiring early attention are the Bishopsgate Goodsyard redevelopment and Wimbledon stadium [...]

    Housing bill watered down by Lords

    The government’s controversial new housing bill is facing numerous challenges, and is facing a substantial reshaping as critics emerge from various sectors of government. The House of Lords has now extracted several major concessions from the original draft bill, putting back some of the restrictions and regulations that the government sought to remove from the [...]

    Green belt feels the pressure

    Increasing amounts of green belt land are being released for housing and other development. Currently more than 275,000 homes are planned on former green belt land, according to new research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Research suggests that, of the national total of 274,792, fully 117,208 homes are planned in metropolitan green belt [...]

    Isle of Dogs housing boost

    Two major developments on the Isle of Dogs have been given approval by the mayor’s office, just ahead of the vote on who will replace outgoing mayor Boris Johnson. At back to back hearings in City Hall, the Alpha Square tower scheme and the redevelopment of the Westferry Printworks were both approved, by deputy mayor [...]