Issue 20: 9 June 2016

    Murray sets out housing ideas

    New deputy mayor for housing James Murray failed to impress members of the housing committee of GLA, at his first appearance. Questioned on his plans to improve housebuilding in the capital, Murray laid out his ideas to improve affordable housing provision, and to work more closely with housing associations. But he said any targets would [...]

    Illuminated River design competition launched

    A transformation of the river Thames after dark has been promised, with the launch of a new design competition. Illuminated River will aim to find a team to deliver a permanent lighting attraction along the river between Albert and Tower bridges, creating “an elegant and charismatic light art installation” for the 17 cross-river structures. A [...]

    Key Dagenham site sold

    Developer St Congar Land, backed by funding partner Europa Capital, has bought the Ford Motor Company’s former stamping works site in Dagenham, for around £26 million. The move suggests that the site will now progress with some pace through planning, with a scheme drawn up for a major housing development. The new owners have said [...]

    Mayor acts to stop resi conversions

    The London mayor has stepped in to protect business space in the capital, after revealing that 1.47 million sq metres of office space has been converted to residential use since 2013. The conversions, under the government’s permitted development rights, mean space that could have supported almost 94,000 jobs has been permanently lost. Analysis by City [...]

    High street departures from BHS, Austin Reed

    Boroughs across London will be hoping that new retailers will move in to fill major high street stores vacated by the demise of BHS and Austin Reed. The loss of BHS is the largest high street casualty to fall since Woolworths closed in 2008. All 163 stores around the UK are to close, after administrators [...]