Issue 23: 5 July 2016

    Pipe gets planning brief

    London mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed Jules Pipe CBE as his deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills. Pipe has been the mayor of Hackney since 2002, and has since 2010 been the leader of the London Councils group. He will step down from both posts, to concentrate full time on his new position. The [...]

    Protection plan for Vauxhall pub

    Mayor Sadiq Khan has backed a campaign to protect a south London pub from redevelopment. The Royal Vauxhall Tavern is seeking protection to ensure it continues as a focal point for the capital’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT+) community. Interest group RVT Future has been asking anyone with evidence of the venue’s use for [...]

    Wandsworth calls time on towers

    Planners in Wandsworth have called a halt to the further spread of residential towers in their borough. The decision to refuse redevelopment of the Homebase site in the urban centre for a dense housing scheme was made with a 4 to 3 vote. Ultimately, councillors decided the proposal, which included blocks of nine to 17 [...]

    Stripey house has to go

    A judge has ruled that Kensington & Chelsea planners were correct to insist that Kensington’s increasingly famous “stripey house” must be repainted in a plain colour. The decision of his honour judge Johnson, sitting in Isleworth Crown Court for a two day hearing, was that the borough had every right to use a section 215 [...]

    Brexit puts developments on ice

    Developers are reviewing their options on several key London developments, following the UK’s Brexit vote. While property agents are putting a positive spin on the result, for the longer term, there are fears that many projects yet to start across the capital will immediately be delayed by uncertainty. Investors will continue to appreciate the UK’s [...]