Issue 31: 19 September 2016

    Islington throws out hotel plans

    Islington’s planning committee has overturned a recommendation from officers to approve the redevelopment of a multistorey car park in Farringdon Road, on the edge of the City of London. The decision means a proposed redevelopment with offices and a hotel will not now go ahead. The redevelopment was designed by architects Sheppard Robson for developer [...]

    Murray promises SPG clarity

    Deputy mayor for housing James Murray has promised new planning guidance on viability, private rental, and affordable homes in the next month. In an interview at the RESI conference, Murray said supplementary planning guidance would be issued covering several key issues. On viability, there would be greater clarity on what was acceptable, while a new [...]

    Hilton prepares for major makeover

    The Park Lane Hilton, one of London’s landmark 1960s towers, is to undergo a substantial makeover as the Hilton brand and the property’s owners refresh it for today’s market. A scheme approved by Westminster planners will see the top seven floors of the tower converted to create luxury apartments, while a new podium block will [...]

    Developers call for lighter touch

    Developers called for lighter regulation, more clarity and better funding for the planning system, to help them produce more homes for London. Speaking on a panel at the RESI conference, representatives of the housebuilding and investment community called for a simpler set of rules, and less meddling. There was also criticism that the Treasury tax [...]

    CIL style affordable tariff floated

    A Tower Hamlets councillor has called for the introduction of a flat rate affordable housing contribution by area, similar to the Community Infrastructure Levy. Andrew Wood, a Conservative councillor in Tower Hamlets who is also an accountant, floated the idea in a letter to industry magazine Property Week. The concept, he says, “makes sense because [...]