Issue 21: 17 June 2016

    Khan looks to clear London’s air

    New mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the government to give him control over excise duties, to enable more spending to improve London’s air quality. The mayor has committed to improve air quality, which in key areas of the capital is failing to meet legal requirements for levels of nitrogen dioxide. Figures from the British [...]

    Last-ditch attempt to save Foyles block

    Campaign group SAVE has called on the government to halt the redevelopment of the former Foyles book store on Charing Cross Road. The buildings are set to be demolished, following Westminster planners approving a comprehensive redevelopment for the Soho block. And, after the mayor’s office indicated it would not involve itself in adjudicating the scheme, [...]

    Isle of Dogs planners win latest tower battle

    Plans for a 56 storey tower on the Isle of Dogs have been withdrawn, in a sign that Tower Hamlets planners may finally be getting the upper hand over residential skyscrapers. Developer Cubitt Property Holdings withdrew its application for the project, just as it was scheduled to come to the borough’s planning committee with a [...]

    Bid to create new tech quarter

    A developer has revealed plans to create “affordable offices” at a new Docklands project, designed to stop small, growing companies from being forced out of the capital. The Republic at East India is designed to create an urban campus to support a community of new creative and tech businesses. And the repurposing of the 1990s [...]

    Khan puts culture centre stage

    Mayor Sadiq Khan has promised to “embed culture in London’s planning system”. Speaking at the opening of the extension to the Tate Modern gallery, he said culture will no longer be an add-on, but an essential element in the capital’s development. For too long culture has been a nice to have,” said Khan. “I have [...]