new Grand Union Alliance forming at Old Oak Common

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: grandunionalliance@gmail.com 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 critical of Infrastructure Plan 2050

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.

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Demolish or refurbish? new evidence

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 

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Prof Muki Haclay and Prof Sarah Bell with Richard Lee (Just Space) and Sharon Hayward (LTF) at the launch on 27 October 2014

Legacy Plan unsound, says Just Space

Just Space, in 6 September 2014 observations on the LLDC Local Plan, says “We consider the Local Plan is not legally compliant and does not meet the duty to cooperate. We also consider the Local Plan is unsound because:-
•   It has not been positively prepared
•   It is not consistent with national and regional policy
•   It is not justified
•   It is not effective”      [   read more  ]

Tottenham Community Empowerment Week 4 – 12 October

4-12th October 2014 Tottenham Community Empowerment Week with exhibitions / socials / meetings / leaflettings / bike rides / activities / protests / walks / alternatives / consultations / films / conference. The Our Tottenham network are calling on people and groups to organise activities and events showcasing the collective power and concerns of those who live and work in Tottenham, and celebrate our strong and diverse communities.

The week will build up to the 11th October, Saturday, 1100h – 1600h, Our Tottenham Network’s Conference at North London Community House, 22 Moorefield Road, N17 6PY.  To: “enable people to find out more about what the Council and developers are doing, and the work of the Our Tottenham Network. Inspire and enable the community to learn from successful community-led projects and local campaigning, and to promote and celebrate our achievements as local people. Take forward ideas from our Feb 2014 conference for positive Community Planning for local sites and for Tottenham as a whole. Update the Community Charter for Tottenham. To work towards building a mass movement based on community empowerment, social inclusion, fairness and justice for all”.

See Our Tottenham Here

Give your views on priorities for an Economic Development Plan for London

The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) are developing an Economic Development Plan for London. This is not the Mayor of London’s statutory Economic Development Strategy, but rather a business-led plan that reflects the LEP’s priorities – its focused on maximising GVA, for instance, rather than the broader suite of economic, social and environmental indicators that the Mayor of London will have to have regard to. Its important none-the-less, because the LEP hope it will outlast Mayoral changes and steer their substantial investment and spending programmes. The LEP are seeking comments on their emerging views – be sure to respond here by 5pm Friday 19 September to ensure your views are taken into account.

JSEP 20 June meetingJust Space Economy and Planning met on Friday 20 June at the London School of Economics and Political Science to take a look at the LEP’s emerging themes, with inputs from Liz Cox (new economics foundation) on Haringey Council’s 40:20 plan to marry carbon reduction with inclusive economic development and Prof Ian Gordon’s (LSE) wide-ranging analysis of the London economy.

JSEP has responded to the consultation (read our response here), and hopes to meet with the LEP soon. JSEP’s response builds on our discussion on 20 June, notes of which are available here.

Public hearings on new Plan under way

The Examination in Public of the Mayor’s proposed changes to the London Plan opened on 1 September at City Hall and run through most of September.  

The structure, topics and programme for the hearings are summarised here, with links to the Statements which Just Space, other community groups and other individuals and organisations have made on each topic. 

Users of Twitter should look for #FALP14