Issue 17: 13 May 2016

    Call to cut poverty through planning

    Planning has a potentially much larger role to play, in helping to reduce poverty in the UK. And a new era of “place-based” planning is needed to combat poverty and inequality, a new report from the RTPI claims. The policy paper, Poverty, place and inequality, sets out proposals to help planners intervene more positively in [...]

    Wembley regeneration takes a step forward

    Developer Quintain has won approval for the next phase of its redevelopment of the 85 acre area around Wembley stadium. Planners at the borough of Brent have approved a series of applications for plots around the stadium, with a total of 4,850 homes, student accommodation and further retail and business space. The developments approved cover [...]

    Fresh Isle of Dogs tower battle

    Councillors in Tower Hamlets have turned down a bid by Berkeley Homes to develop a 56 storey tower, despite the scheme being recommended for approval. The project at South Quay Plaza 4, on Marsh Wall, would have delivered 396 apartments in a tower 198 metres high, on the cleared site. The scheme also included 25% [...]

    Mayor moves to support City airport

    New London mayor Sadiq Khan has cleared the way for the further expansion of London City Airport, by removing a City Hall objection to the airport’s purchase of a key parcel of land. The move is an about turn from the policy of previous incumbent Boris Johnson, who blocked the sale. His resistance had led [...]

    City Fringe plans for the future

    The future direction of the growth of the City Fringe has been mapped out in a new supplementary planning guide, the City Fringe Opportunity Area Planning Framework. And while the document was adopted at the end of 2015 for use, speakers at a CPA breakfast seminar held at the end of April wondered if it [...]