Issue 30: 8 September 2016

    Lawyers called to settle overlooking dispute

    Residents in luxury apartments in a Southwark street have complained that their glass walled apartments are overlooked by a new viewing gallery at the recently completed Tate Modern extension. And they have appointed a specialist planning lawyer to pursue their case, citing privacy and public nuisance concerns. The tenth floor viewing platform is a key [...]

    Brentford plans to add rugby to roster

    Plans for a new football and rugby stadium in Hounslow appear to be gaining momentum. In the last month, Hounslow borough has completed compulsory purchase orders to take control of the proposed stadium site. And it has been confirmed the authority is in formal talks with London Irish rugby club, to see if they can [...]

    Rail planners stymie Meridian Water link

    Enfield planners have lost their bid to ensure a good rail service for the borough’s new Meridian Water regeneration scheme. The project, which should start construction next year, features a new rail station on the main line to Stratford and Liverpool Street, replacing the existing Angel Road station on the line. Enfield was keen to [...]

    Sub squad clamps down on basements

    Westminster council has launched its “subterranean squad”, to monitor basement construction in the borough. The move will include a new levy on developments, to pay for the service. The sub squad will concentrate on ensuring that planning permissions and conditions are adequately enforced, acting alongside building control and planning functions. Its services will be charged [...]

    Khan extracts affordable in Barking

    Mayor Sadiq Khan has approved the Barking Riverside masterplan, having negotiated a higher affordable housing outcome than the project had originally offered. The scheme will now deliver 35% affordable homes as a minimum, against a 28% contribution proposed originally, under former mayor Boris Johnson. But a viability test will be used to calculate excess profits, [...]