Issue 32: 27 September 2016

    Garden Bridge to be reviewed

    Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a review of the troubled Garden Bridge project, just as its supporters admitted they had yet to agree terms with a key landowner. Khan has asked Dame Margaret Hodge, former chair of the Public Accounts Committee, to run the rule over the project. Specifically, he has asked her to look [...]

    Mayor hints at “Living Rent” homes

    Plans for a new “London Living Rent” have been trailed by mayor Sadiq Khan. The rent would be modelled on a third of average household incomes in each London borough, with the aim of housing low and middle income households with a typical income of £35-45,000 a year. According to City Hall officials, this would [...]

    Move to protect local garages

    Planners in Kensington & Chelsea have moved to restrict the expansion of permitted rights to light industrial units in the borough. From Occtober 2017, permitted development rights that have previously applied to office buildings will be extended to any light industrial unit of less than 500 sq m. In common with office schemes, conversions to [...]

    City consults on local plan

    The City of London has launched a public consultation on its local plan, named City Plan 2036. The plan, which will replace a current plan looking forward to 2026, aims to take account of the changing demands being placed on the City, as well as accommodating changes in central government planning regulations and the evolving [...]

    Calls for Airbnb clampdown

    Accommodation sharing site Airbnb is allowing professional landlords to dodge tax and safety obligations, an MP has claimed. The site, which originated in the USA and has spread globally, allows individuals to market accommodation peer to peer. While originally set up with the concept of allowing homeowners to let out a spare room on a [...]