Issue 27: 11 August 2016

    Sheltered housing scheme for Knightsbridge

    Planners in Kensington & Chelsea have approved a sheltered housing scheme for a site in Knightsbridge, after initially turning down the application. The scheme is not only a novel replacement for a multistorey car park previously on the site behind Harrods, but also demonstrates what is likely to become a growing trend for supported housing [...]

    Call to create corridors through Green Belt

    The London School of Economics has called for a pilot project to encourage selective building on the Green Belt around London. The radical proposal comes in a report from LSE that calls for a serious review of Green Belt policy, in the face of increasing development pressure. The publication, entitled A 21st Century Metropolitan Green [...]

    Khan pushes on affordable homes

    Mayor Sadiq Khan is leaning on developers to improve their affordable housing contributions. In two recent schemes, the mayor has made it clear he expects a reconsideration of the percentage contribution, forcing a rethink of viability assessments. At Old Oak Common, Khan approved the Oaklands development of 605 new homes, after agreeing a target of [...]

    Royal Mint gets tech makeover

    A redevelopment close to the Tower of London hopes to provide space for tech start ups priced out of booming Shoreditch. Landlord Delancey, which is also developing Here East on the Olympic Park for creative and digital businesses, expects its reworking of the Royal Mint Court development to deliver economical working space on the eastern [...]

    Hounslow planners named top

    The planning team at the London borough of Hounslow was named best in the country, at a recent national awards ceremony. The authority won the accolade as best local authority team of the year, at the 2016 Planning and Placemaking awards. The team was also highly commended in a separate cateogory, for development management. “More [...]