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
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 ]
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
The GLA announces that the hearings about the Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP)—the Examination in Public (EiP)—will start on 1 September and run for about 3 weeks. The web page http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/planning/london-plan/examination-in-public has details and will soon have a complete set of the 300+ responses that have been made. There will be a preliminary meeting about the EiP process at 1100h on 11 July, followed in the afternoon by a Technical Seminar, both in City Hall. The Inspector for the EiP will be Anthony Thickett BA Hons BTP MRTPI Dip RSA and the Secretary will be Ms Carmel Edwards who has been very helpful to Just Space and community groups in past hearings. Info via Robin Brown. More details on the timetable leading up to the EiP are on the events page.
Just published: The London Tenants Federation and Just Space held a conference of people trying to exert some community influence on what happens in London’s Opportunity Areas —the 33 large parts of London where major developments are under way or proposed. It drew on the experiences of campaigners at King’s Cross over 25 years and the results are now published by LTF as an important report: http://bit.ly/1n84K3U The conference was part of a two-year project supported by the Trust for London to foster community engagement in 6 rapidly-changing areas.
The conference also saw the launch of a web-based map linking community activity in London which is part of the same project.