Issue 4: 8 December 2015

    City in the East gathers momentum

    Just weeks after mayor Boris Johnson revealed his City in the East masterplan, two major projects have cleared planning, giving impetus to the sense that the centre of the capital is heading east. Mayor Johnson has approved the revised masterplan for the Greenwich Peninsula, while developer Berkeley Homes has been picked to develop the Parcelforce [...]

    Viability assessments drawn into the open

    Pressure is growing for viability assessments to be opened up, in cases where they are used to argue for a reduction in planning obligations. While the chancellor promised efforts to standardise viability assessments, London boroughs are already pushing towards new open book policies. And a recent hearing in front of the GLA’s planning committee heard [...]

    CDL drinks to success in Mortlake

    Singaporean developer CDL has swooped on a two major riverside redevelopment sites in west London. The Stag brewery site and Teddington studios are both riverside sites in Richmond borough, destined to see residential projects as the last businesses on the river leave the area. Teddington is ready to build, while CDL will now be opening [...]

    Consultation launched on new river crossings

    The capital could have up to 13 new and improved river crossings, if the visions laid out in a new Connecting the Capital document are delivered. Concurrently a consultation has been launched to garner more responses from those interested in new river crossings in south east London, where there has been precious little progress in [...]

    BPF gives chancellor its blessing

    The British Property Federation has delivered a positive verdict on the proposed planning changes in the chancellor’s autumn statement. It has called the proposed delivery test “a welcome move”, called the starter homes initiative “a very sensible step”, and has declared itself “delighted” by plans to standardise viability assessments under section 106 agreements. It’s not [...]