About Michael Edwards

staff in the Bartlett School of Planning and cooperating with others in UCL and with the Just Space Network to support London citizens' inpu

Next London Plan

Member-organisations in Just Space plan to work this next year on what should be in the next London Plan, due in 2016 or 2017, along with a new Mayor. There will be various workshops and meetings, plus support documents.  Some of these documents have been prepared with or by groups of students in UCL, guided by Just Space member organisations.  These can be downloaded here.

London Plan alterations: housing and parking

The Mayor has published new draft Minor Amendments dealing with housing standards and parking standards. Consultations close on  22 June.

Three meetings will be held at City Hall about them

  • Thursday 14 May 2015 – Minor Alterations launch event with Sir Edward Lister, 12 noon to 2 pm, London’s Living Room, City Hall
  • Monday 18 May 2015 – Housing Standards Minor Alterations consultation event, 10 am to 12 noon, London’s Living Room, City Hall
  • Wednesday 27 May 2015 – Parking Standards Minor Alterations consultation event, 10 am to 12 noon, London’s Living Room, City Hall

Details are here on the GLA web site.

Separately the Mayor has published the Draft Interim Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for public consultation for a period of 12 weeks – from 15 May to 7 August. This provides revised guidance on how to implement the housing policies in the London Plan. Proposed revisions take account of the Further Alterations to the London Plan, which was published by the Mayor in March. In addition, draft guidance shows how London’s standards will be affected by the introduction of the Government’s new national technical standards and to provide clarity on what standards apply in the transition period before the adoption of the Minor Alterations to the London Plan (MALP – see above). Other proposed revisions to the SPG have been made to reflect updated evidence, Mayoral strategies and national guidance.

The draft SPG can be downloaded here on the Greater London Authority website: https://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/planning/consultations

Public consultation events on the housing SPG at City Hall: Two public consultation events are being held at City Hall (reservation required). These events take place on:

  • Monday 13 July – 9.00 to 11.00
  • Thursday 23 July – 15.00 to 17.00

To reserve a place at either consultation event please email – andrew.russell@london.gov.uk

Old Oak Common, Park Royal consultations

The consultation about the draft Old Oak Common and Park Royal Opportunity Area Planning Framework (OAPF) closed on 14 April 2015.

The London Tenants Federation (supported by a grant from the Trust for London) with members of Just Space have been assisting local communities in and around the OO&PR Opportunity Area who have come together to form the Grand Union Alliance (GUA). There have been a number of meetings of local groups and members of the public, including a Community Conference, which have generated the wide ranging views and comments contained in the ‘compendium’ below. This is substantially the product of local people – that is apart from the editing process to collate the product into an orderly submission. The document is a faithful summation of their comments prompted by scrutiny of the OAPF draft. The GUA did not make a collective response to the draft Framework but elements of the compendium and of a standard template were used by individual members and groups in their separate submissions.

Responses from other Just Space organisations are posted here too. Continue reading

Updates from London Forum

The London Forum of Civic and Amenity Societies (LFCAS – which is a member of Just Space) has a lot of useful updates in its Spring Newsforum [ download here ] including commentary on the Inspector’s report on the London Plan Examination in Public last year, news of rapid changes at Finsbury Park and other items.

Revised London Plan is now out

There have been press stories today from Cannes reporting that the Mayor of London has announced (at MIPIM) an ambitious new London Plan.  In fact what has happened is that the Further Alterations to the London Plan (#FALP14) which were debated in last year’s public hearings – EiP – have finally been integrated with previous versions and published. This is now the operative London Plan and can be downloaded from the City Hall web site  http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/planning/london-plan/further-alterations-to-the-london-plan

Work is starting on a complete review of the London Plan (and Just Space plans a conference in the summer on what it should contain).  Meanwhile a further set of minor alterations is expected to be published for consultation immediately after the UK general election in May 2015.

Just Space consulted on new housing document

The GLA is preparing to issue a consultation draft of Supplementary Planning Guidance on Housing. Just Space was invited to a meeting to comment on what the planners are preparing.

Just Space is in difficulty commenting because an SPG is supposed to elaborate policies already established in the London Plan, not make or modify policy. Since many of the housing policies contained in the London Plan have been fiercely and consistently opposed by Just Space and its member organisations, commenting is almost impossible. One member describes it as ‘embroidering the emperor’s new clothes’ and there is mention of deckchairs on the titanic. All we can do is to welcome the positive elements and seek to mitigate the worst impacts of the Mayor’s policies.

Just Space looks forward to commenting in detail on the Draft SPG, publication of which is expected on 11 May, just after the General Election (when the next round of draft Alterations to the London Plan are also expected).

Meanwhile, here are the Just Space comments submitted today.