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

Community visions for the next London Plan

The main work of Just Space and its member groups at the moment is developing ideas about what a London Plan would be like if it were to prioritise — or at least protect — the interests of its citizens, its environment and the real economies in which we meet each other’s needs. Papers and discussions from the 2-day conference 10 & 11 July will be posted on this site and events will be announced to members and/or posted on the events page here.

Some of the work being done is aimed at feeding good ideas to the candidates for the Mayor election in 2016; other work aims to feed research and policy ideas to the GLA planning teams which are working on the next full review of the London Plan.

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.

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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.