Issue 34: 14 October 2016

    Council acts to stop arch conversions

    Planners in Southwark are moving to restrict the conversion of railway arches, amid concerns many will be turned into homes. The move will withdraw permitted development rights, currently in place, which allow such arches to be converted to residential use without the need for planning permission. The council, which has around 800 arches in its [...]

    Rival Mount Pleasant scheme goes to planners

    Rival designs for the Mount Pleasant Royal Mail site in north London have been submitted to Camden planners. The scheme, designed by Francis Terry and submitted by the Mount Pleasant Association, have the backing of a developer, U+I, and pension fund investor Legal & General. But they are set against an dense redevelopment for landlowner [...]

    Planning sector struggles, but still delivers

    Development activity in London is spreading outwards, with boroughs in the south east and far west emerging as high growth areas. In contrast, boroughs in the north east such as Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Redbridge are losing out, with the number of major planning applications in decline. The figures come from the latest annual planning [...]

    Enfield mulls Trent Park proposals

    Berkeley Homes has submitted plans to substantially redevelop the former Middlesex University Campus at Trent Park, in the borough of Enfield. The scheme proposes substantial demolition of newer buildings on the education campus, while key listed buildings are to be retained in the new scheme. A residential-led scheme with 262 homes is proposed, of which [...]

    Cost of infrastructure delays added up

    Delays in delivering British infrastructure projects cost the UK economy £4.6 billion in 2015/16, according to a new report. Transport projects alone cost us all £48,425 per minute of delay, says the research, carried out by consultants Arcadis, together with the Centre for Economics and Business Research. The pair have evaluated a range of key [...]