Issue 6: 17 February 2016

    Tension over affordable home provision

    London’s public bodies are still focusing on cash returns, rather than the wider public good of delivering appropriate levels of affordable housing. And that tension continues, as more sites are prepared for disposal. Members of the GLA planning committee heard in February how three major delivery bodies plan their site disposals. All are generally balancing [...]

    Car parking eased – and not everyone’s happy

    Nicky Gavron, chair of the London Assembly’s planning committee, has condemned plans to ease parking provision in some of London’s new housing developments. The changes were announced by deputy mayor for planning Sir Edward Lister, as a response to government wishes. Contained in the MALP – Minor Alterations to the London Plan – they will [...]

    Greater transparency needed on affordable payments

    London boroughs stand accused of failing to deploy affordable housing contributions, at a time when the capital’s housing provision continues to fall behind need. A new report from London First and planning consultants Turley notes that developers are increasingly making payments in lieu, rather than constructing affordable housing they are required to deliver. Yet the [...]

    Emin goes to appeal

    Artist Tracy Emin will await the decision of a planning inspector as to whether her proposed new home in Tower Hamlets will win permission. Emin appealed for non-determination, after her proposals to build the new property on the corner of Bell Lane and Tenter Ground in Spitalfields failed to get to a planning committee in [...]

    City in the East’s countryside contribution

    In the south east corner of mayor Boris Johnson’s City in the East plans is the borough of Bexley. Running along the south side of the Thames, the borough has been earmarked to provide up to 21,500 homes and 8,500 jobs towards the grand totals of the City in the East expansion, under the Bexley [...]