Issue 25: 21 July 2016

    New look for Chrisp Street

    A new town centre scheme for Poplar, that would create 650 new homes, has been submitted to Tower Hamlets planners. The project, by architects Sheppard Robson for redevelopers, housing association Poplar HARCA and housebuilder Telford Homes, retains the locally important Chrisp Street market, as well as working alongside key elements designed in the 1950s. The [...]

    Heseltine to revitalise Thames Estuary

    Regeneration grandee Lord Heseltine has launched a call for ideas, to help drive innovation in the Thames Estuary. Heseltine is heading a new Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, which has been set up with an initial target of producing a “clear and affordable delivery plan for achieving its vision” by autumn 2017. The commission aims [...]

    Paddington switch as Pole is dismissed

    Developer Irving Sellar and architect Renzo Piano have redesigned their “Paddington Pole” residential tower proposal, proposing instead a lower office block. The new Paddington Cube proposal has been out to public consultation, ahead of a planned submission to Westminster planners this autumn. In place of the 72 storey residential tower, is a rectilinear glazed block [...]

    Lords call for major changes to promote homebuilding

    Local authorities need powers to set their own fees, and levy council tax on unexecuted planning permissions. That’s the view of the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords, which in a critical new report sets out eleven action points to get housing going once more. The Building More Homes report analyses a system [...]

    Pollution busting plans revealed

    Five areas of London will be targeted with pollution-cutting measures, under a new £11 million initiative from mayor Sadiq Khan. The Low Emission Neighbourhoods aim to improve air quality with a range of measures, and should come into effect in 2019. Marylebone, City Fringe, Barbican, Greenwich and Ilford will benefit, while the neighbourhoods will impact [...]