Next steps for Just Space Economy and Planning

After the enormous collective effort of our 40 page response to the Mayor’s proposed Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP), Just Space Economy and Planning group is, well, regrouping, with two evening seminars and a half-day event planned over the next few months.

JSEP ponders the FALP, gathering evidence and examples with which to respond to the proposed alterations to the London Plan

JSEP ponders the FALP, gathering evidence and examples with which to respond to the proposed alterations to the London Plan

Fear not! We’ll  be getting back to the FALP soon enough, in order to marshal a diverse range of representations on economic issues for the Examination in Public in September. To get involved, contact Myfanwy Taylor (myfanwy.taylor.09 AT ucl.ac.uk). To catch up on JSEP’s work on the FALP, you can read our collective response here (2nd response), and the note of the discussion which informed it here.

But before then…

On Friday 20 June, we’ll be trying to look beyond the minutae of the FALP to develop our thinking on more environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic development strategies for London.  The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) is currently working on a new Economic Development Plan for London (and have commissioned London First for the task) but its hard to get involved as the meetings are held in private and there’s no community representation. Nearly six months on, JSEP’s request to meet with the LEP still remains unanswered.

We’re also working to organise a long overdue discussion with trades unions, cooperatives and other groups that represent people who work in London, whose voices tend not to be heard in debates about economic issues in planning.

Finally, watch this space for further details about a half-day event to explore how a future London Plan might support a more socially and environmentally sustainable economy We’ll be addressing the questions Boris ducked in the FALP, reinvigorating public debate about how planning policy can support the kind of London economy we want.