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London Forum Newsletter July 2017 London Forum Newsletter July 2017

Date added: 11/08/2017
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Lords - building more homes report July 2016 Lords - building more homes report July 2016

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Date added: 15/07/2016
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The Economic Affairs Select Committee of the House of Lords in its report published 15th July 2016 “Building more homes” (attached) has stated that the Government's target of one million new homes by 2020 will not be enough.  300,000 homes each year must be built to tackle the housing crisis.

This is one of the most important post-Brexit reports on housing. The committee quotes Brandon Lewis (March 2016) "....we have not built enough homes in this country for many decades. We want to deliver homes across all tenures."  As London Forum has pointed out, that ambition was made more difficult by the Housing and Planning Act's introduction of 'Starter Homes' for purchase as a priority, being mandatory for part of every brownfield site, plus the enforced sale of social rented homes.

The committee opened its report's introduction with an extract from a Times' leader in , "It is essential to have not only more houses, but more houses of the required type in the right place.  Housing has not yet achieved the place of priority in official policy that would be justified both by the social suffering involved and by the public concern that has been aroused." Another Times' article extract from almost forty years ago is included in the report's section 'Same old problems?' - "....there has been too much official action in the housing sphere that set out to help one category of householder, but turned out to cause new distortions in the wider pattern of housing provision … The general tendency of such policies has had the effect of assisting those who are already satisfactorily housed at the expense of those who are not."  The executive summary of thePeers' report echoes those points for today: "The Government is primarily focused on building for home ownership, neglecting housing for affordable and social rent."

The Select Committee has a key recommendation that "The Government must ensure local authorities who wish to build social housing have access to the funds to do so. The current restrictions on the ability of local authorities to borrow to build social housing are arbitrary and anomalous. Local authorities should be able to borrow to build social housing as they can for other purposes."

The report calls also for local authorities to be given the power to intervene when developments are not completed within a set time period.

London Forum's member societies should call their MP's attention to this House of Lords' report and ask them to take up the criticisms and recommendations with the Prime Minister and Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and his Ministers Rt Hon Mark Francois MP and Brandon Lewis MP and the Under-Secretary of State for Local Government, Marcus Jones MP.  On Parliament's web site the background, evidence and recommendations of the Economic Affairs Select Committee's report 'Building more homes' are at http://bit.ly/29JNkHj

Another Lords Select Committee report, 'Building better places', published following extensive research in 2015, should be read with the report above.  It is by the National Policy for the Built Environment Committee and is at http://bit.ly/1Ebt9Km

London Forum will be discussing these proposals of the House of Lords with Deputy Mayors and officers at the GLA, with the Commons CLG Select Committee and relevant All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

Peter Eversden MBE, London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies

City of Westminster Basement Plan July 2016 City of Westminster Basement Plan July 2016

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Date added: 15/07/2016
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City of Westminster has published its latest Local Plan including a basement policy CM28.1 from page 111.

It is expected that all Councils will have policies to constrain basement development and to ensure that any that are approved are of suitable volume, well built and constructed with minimum impact on neighbours and the local area.  London Forum's members should check if their local authority's policies are adequate.

Peter Eversden

HE Local Heritage Listing Guidance Note 2016-05 HE Local Heritage Listing Guidance Note 2016-05

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Date added: 25/06/2016
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FALP Final Programme 2014-07 FALP Final Programme 2014-07

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Date added: 21/07/2014
Filesize: 70.34 kB

FALP = Further Alterations to the London Plan

FALP Final Matters 2014-07 FALP Final Matters 2014-07

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Date added: 21/07/2014
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FALP = Further Alterations to the London Plan

BCC675 - Further Aternations to the London Plan 2014 04 DRAFT BCC675 - Further Aternations to the London Plan 2014 04 DRAFT

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Date added: 20/04/2014
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BCC 675 - BCC DRAFT respons to the Further Alterations to the London Plan 2014

BCC553 Response to NPPFC Framework BCC553 Response to NPPFC Framework

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Date added: 15/10/2011
Filesize: 88.1 kB

BCC 553 - Response to National Planning Policy Framework Consultation

London Plan - Housing Design Guide London Plan - Housing Design Guide

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Date added: 20/11/2009
Filesize: 6.1 MB

London Plan - BCC DRAFT Response Oct 2009 London Plan - BCC DRAFT Response Oct 2009

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Date added: 21/10/2009
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London Plan - BCC Final Response June 2009 London Plan - BCC Final Response June 2009

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Date added: 30/06/2009
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BCC 453 - BCC FINAL response to Boris Johnson on the London Plan

London Plan - BBC Response DRAFT May 2009 London Plan - BBC Response DRAFT May 2009

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Date added: 15/06/2009
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BCC 453 - BCC DRAFT response to Boris Johnson on the London Plan 

BCC430 - Planning for a Better London BCC430 - Planning for a Better London

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Date added: 20/11/2008
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Mayor of London Extra Powers Mayor of London Extra Powers

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Date added: 04/12/2007
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