Issue 2: 19 January 2016

    Legal challenge in the spokes of cycle superhighways

    The Licenced Taxi Drivers Association has used planning law to launch a legal challenge to mayor Boris Johnson’s cycle superhighway plans. The challenge comes as contractors are busy digging up parts of London, and applying more blue paint as they install dedicated cycle ways. Johnson was keen to see the cycleways as his legacy, and [...]

    City in the East’s northern outposts

    Sites across Enfield, Waltham Forest, Haringey and Hackney could deliver up to 20,000 homes as part of mayor Boris Johnson’s City in the East aspirations. The land forms the Upper Lea Valley region of the planned growth that will see the centre of London move gently east over the next two decades and add 200,000 [...]

    Housing approvals slow

    London’s housing pipeline is stuttering, despite a raft of local and national government initiatives. Figures compiled by agent Stirling Ackroyd point to a sharp fall in planning approvals over the third quarter of 2015. The research suggests that the early positive start in the year is now tailing away, with fewer schemes approved by London [...]

    Towers in the spotlight

    Opponents to the increasing number of towers on the London skyline have received a boost from an unlikely source – masterplanner Sir Terry Farrell. Farrell has put his weight firmly behind those opposing the proposed Renzo Piano tower for a site next to Paddington station, which was submitted to Westminster planners in December. In a [...]

    Camden checks out of pod hotel plans

    Plans for an innovative underground pod hotel close to Tottenham Court Road have been turned down by Camden planners. The scheme, which would have converted an underused car park into budget accommodation, was rejected over fears around emergency access, air quality and additional stress on the local community. The innovative project put forward by commercial [...]