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

The next London Plan

Just Space is holding a conference of community groups to discuss what the next London Plan should be like. There will be a new mayor in 2016 and a new plan. We can make inputs now and try and get the sort of plan which Londoners need – instead of simply commenting on a mayor’s draft as in the last 15 years.

Details of the conference on 10 and 11 July, are on the events page. There is also an industrial walk on 7th as preparation.

Regeneration and transport – Assembly scrutiny

Just Space submission to Assembly Regeneration Committee hearing 2 July 2015 on Transport and “regeneration” Just Space has been invited to contribute as a network of community organisations to this enquiry. The request was

The focus of the investigation will be to find out exactly what is the Mayor’s strategy for investing in transport improvements that will promote regeneration. The premise is that, while TfL invests in projects primarily to improve transport capacity, it also invests on the basis of supporting access to development sites which will generate future economic returns. Our focus would be on how transport supports local regeneration, rather than the economic impacts new transport infrastructure may have on the city as a whole. At the moment, it is unclear how the Mayor and TfL decide which transport projects to support on the basis of local regeneration, and what the proven regeneration impacts of transport infrastructure are.

Response:  [download PDF 20150624 JS regen+transport or click “Continue reading”]
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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.

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