Issue 26: 3 August 2016

    Time for boroughs to get building

    Local authorities need to start making an impact on the housing crisis, and building the homes that communities really need. That’s the view of the Local Government Association’s Housing Commission, which in a new report suggests a range of interventions to get home construction moving once more. Speaking at the recent Local Government Association annual [...]

    Acton tower forces Ealing committee to split

    Ealing councillors have approved a dense residential development including a 42 storey tower at North Acton, in a decision that has split the planning committee. Conservative councillor Joanna Dabrowska withdrew from the committee, accusing her colleagues of “bowing down to developers” in approving the scheme. Controversially, the project would deliver 578 flats at a density [...]

    Moves to speed up broadband

    The Corporation of London has developed a standardised legal document to speed up the installation of superfast broadband. The tool should make for easier and faster legal agreements, so that the installation of improved digital connections takes place more quickly. And, with the buy-in of landlords, developers, legal firms, trade associations and broadband suppliers, it [...]

    Clampdown on basements as rows continue

    Westminster Council has adopted new, tighter rules on basement development that will restrict the growth of mega-basements in the borough. The rules have been introduced as part of a range of revisions to the borough’s City Plan, which specifically cover basements and mixed use developments. Basement extensions will, as a result, need to be smaller [...]

    City airport expansion approved

    London City Airport has received formal approval for its expansion, overturning a veto to the plans from previous mayor Boris Johnson. The £344 million expansion will allow the airport to increase capacity, and the types of aircraft it can accommodate. In turn, this is expected to add the potential to reach more long haul destinations, [...]