London First and the London Enterprise Panel have published London 2036: an agenda for jobs and growth. This is a report on the future of the London Economy, substantially prepared by McKinsey and Co. There is a free download at https://lep.london/publication/london2036
We understand that the status of the report is that it is a submission by London First to the LEP.
The GLA has published for consultation a draft City Fringe Opportunity Area Planning Framework. This will become Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) when approved. Consultations close on Friday 13 February. Download documents at https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/planning/consultations/city-fringe-opportunity-area-planning-framework The area now covered by this “city fringe” term is much larger than in earlier usage and surprises many people.
The report by the Inspector on the Further Alterations to the London Plan 2014 has been published on the GLA website
It starts with: Non-Technical Summary
“This report concludes that the London Plan as changed by the Further Alterations provides an appropriate basis for the strategic planning of Greater London provided the suggested and further suggested changes are made and my recommendations are accepted.
The recommendations can be summarised as follows:
- Committing to an immediate full review of the London Plan
- Removing references to London Boroughs being required carry out their own assessments of objectively assessed housing need
- Allowing London Boroughs to set their own income criteria with regard to intermediate housing
Just Space will add comments when they are ready.
Saturday 15 November 2014 1030-1630h Tavistock Halls, Harlesden Methodist Church, NW10 4NE Conference of the Grand Union Alliance covering Old Oak Common, Park Royal, White City and Kensal Canalside — a new network of community groups seeking to defend their area as it becomes a transport hub, an “Opportunity Area” and a Mayoral Development Corporation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Details: http://harlesdentown.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/sat-15-nov-harlesden-grand-union.html and there is a flyer to download. Organised with JustSpace and the London Tenants Federation, supported by the Trust for London. Later: a first report is very supportive, by Christian Wolmar, one of the speakers, on his blog:
http://www.wolmarforlondon.co.uk/mayor_and_local_community_need_to_get_involved_in_old_oak_common He stresses the need for local community groups to be strongly engaged in the planning of the area – much more so than the Mayor seems to have facilitated so far.
Just Space has told the GLA that a good infrastructure plan for London and its wider region would be a great innovation — but this is not it.
In a document of 6 November 2014, to which many Just Space organisations contributed, and which draws together our thinking and evidence over recent years, Just Space said:
a. long-term planning for infrastructure is a good thing;
b. this is not a good example of planning, however, because…
c. it appears to be based in investor demands rather than Londoners’ needs;
d. the Board proposed to oversee implementation has no community representation and important questions concerning London’s governance are not addressed;
e. removing Infrastructure issues into a relatively private sphere means there is much less public scrutiny than we have for the London Plan with its EiP system;
f. there are methodological failings in the forecasting which prevent this plan from being an exploration of alternative futures;
g. equalities dimensions are comprehensively missing;
h. reducing the need to travel has insufficient emphasis, indeed the anticipated concentration of jobs in the centre alongside the sacrifice of employment space in the suburbs would take London in the opposite direction.
i. We do not consider that the proposals in the Infrastructure Plan (IP) amount to a strategy for sustainable development for a variety of reasons elaborated below.
Just Space and the London Tenants Federation are collaborating with the new Engineering Exchange at UCL where researchers have produced fact sheets and surveys of evidence for community use. This is a pioneering attempt by academics to focus their research on hot topics in the metropolitan community and has led to some first publications and to evidence to the London Assembly Housing Committee from Dr Sarah Bell and Dr Charlotte Johnson. More at
Prof Muki Haclay and Prof Sarah Bell with Richard Lee (Just Space) and Sharon Hayward (LTF) at the launch on 27 October 2014