Issue 9: 9 March 2016

    Developers stall as luxury flat buyers evaporate

    Planners in central London are facing the resetting of residential developments, as weakness in segments of the residential market starts to depress prices. Agents are downgrading their outlook for central London home prices, amid evidence that developers are abandoning residential conversions. And housebuilder Barratt has appointed agents to sell a portfolio of more than 300 [...]

    Essential win puts Camden planners out

    Private rented landlord Essential Living has won permission on appeal, to build its Theatre Square development in Swiss Cottage, north London. A government inspector overturned the refusal of the scheme by Camden planners, who turned it down in 2014. The proposal included a 24 storey tower that will provide 188 flats above Swiss Cottage tube [...]

    Tolworth high rises put planners under pressure

    Members of Kingston’s development control committee have overturned officer recommendations and turned down a 705 home application for a site alongside the A3 at Tolworth. The move at the committee’s March meeting came despite a pre-decision presentation at the February meeting. And it follows the approval in January of a residential development that will densify [...]

    Lords call for environment czar

    A House of Lords committee has called for a built environment czar to be appointed, to help improve co-ordination and deliver better quality homes. The Chief Built Environment Adviser would disseminate best practice in architecture, design and place quality. And his annual report would assess progress towards delivering on key built environment issues, such as [...]

    RTPI manifesto gives mayor a shortlist

    Planning professionals in London have called on the capital’s new mayor to tackle housing, infrastructure provision, pollution and energy resilience, to ensure London retains its place in the world. A manifesto from the London region of the Royal Town Planning Institute puts forward nine planning priorities for the new mayor, which it says will stimulate [...]