Issue 24: 15 July 2016

    Call for PRS planning reform

    Changes to planning use classes, and a sensible review of the green belt, could both help encourage the development of new homes at prices real people can afford. Those were the views of experts recently called to give evidence to the planning committee of the London Assembly at the end of June. Members also heard [...]

    Old Oak Common off the mark

    The first major redevelopment project in Old Oak Common has been approved by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. The Oaklands regeneration scheme will deliver 605 homes with a creative hub aimed at attracting tech companies to the area. The approval comes as a second major proposal for the area goes out to [...]

    Battle lines drawn for Gagarin Square

    A date of March 2017 has been set for a public inquiry into plans for a 30 storey rocket-shaped tower in Southwark. Developers behind the Gagarin Square scheme have appealed after the proposal was turned down by local planners, and the London mayor’s office has chosen not to overturn that decision. Backed by Russian investors, [...]

    Ideas for new housing body

    Lobby group London First has called on the mayor to create Homes for Londoners, a body proposed during his mayoral campaign, to deliver the homes the capital needs. In a new report prepared with law firm Dentons, it calls on the mayor to create a “muscular” body to get home production going. It says the [...]

    Call for South Korean approach

    London needs to look to South Korea, to find a solution to spiralling housing costs. That’s the conclusion of John Muellbauer, professor of economics at Oxford. Muellbauer says four major reforms are needed, to transform the landscape and encourage realistically large levels of home building. And, post-Brexit, he has called on the government to make [...]