A summary of views from the meeting of the London Assembly Transport Committee on 12 July 2012 focusing on cycle safety in London.
The draft Croydon Town Centre Opportunity Area Planning Framework has been published for consultation. The framework has been prepared as a collaboration between the GLA, Croydon Council and TfL. This public consultation will run until 28 September 2012. Following this consultation the OAPF will be revised, finalised and adopted in late 2012.
Localism: Threat or opportunity? Perspectives on the Localism Act for union and community organisers and activists
A new report published by unions and voluntary sector groups highlights potential flaws in the government’s localism agenda, as outlined in the Localism Act. It includes articles from a range of diverse voices from the union and voluntary sector.
This supplementary planning guidance (OLSPG) is a key document to help create a new part of London built around the Lea Valley’s unique network of waterways and open spaces that link the Thames to Hertfordshire and Essex. It will consist of new and existing neighbourhoods that embrace the OLSPG area’s rich cultural diversity. It will be a distinctive and well connected place where people can live and work sustainably and offer a wide range of new jobs and homes. It will incorporate the best of contemporary design, complement the area’s historical architecture and assets, and build on the sustainable infrastructure and standards the 2012 Games has established. The OLSPG emphasises the importance of family housing, supported by new and improved open spaces and social infrastructure such as schools and health facilities. This will be in contrast to much recent apartment-dominated development and help establish lifetime neighbourhoods where people will choose to live, settle and raise families.
The Town & Country Planning Association has published a handbook, the first of its kind since the Government set out a radical reform agenda across the planning and health sectors, including a requirement on planners to work with public health organisations, and a new public health responsibility for local authorities. It explains the relevance of these reforms for health and planning, and gives planners and public health practitioners ideas for how they can work together. The handbook aims to keep the importance of integrated working, specifically between planning and health, on the agenda. Using case studies from around England, it explores how places are using this time of change to push forward their intention to integrate their work across both sectors. A series of regional seminars are being held as part of the launch of the handbook. The handbook, case studies and event presentations are available online.
This Conference promotes the continuous development of a profitable, sustainable, innovative and professional tourism and events industry. The program showcased Australia’s leadership in Tourism and Events, whilst also promoting best practice across a range of industry sectors. Presentations are available online.
London for sale? An assessment of the private housing market in London and the impact of growing overseas investment
A study from the Smith Institute and Future of London, finds overseas investors buying up luxury homes as assets have created a ‘financially buoyant but socially dysfunctional’ housing market that makes homes unaffordable for most people who live and work in the capital. It argues the trend could create tensions within communities.
The Architectural Review presents a spectrum of views on Renzo Piano’s Shard from key figures in British architecture.
This report aims to contribute to Shelter’s consideration of the nature and potential role of government (at a national and local level) in facilitating a greater level of housing supply to support long term sustainable economic growth and improving the position of households in housing need. This report covers the economic characteristics of the housing market, the extent to which the structure and industrial organisation of the housing market differs from other markets and whether there are features of the housing market that constrain the potential supply of new homes.
Guidance to English Energy Conservation Authorities issued pursuant to the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995
New guidance to help local authorities in England improve the energy efficiency of their residential housing has been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The guidance, issued under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA), asks local authorities to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency by 31 March 2013. Local authorities will be required to identify practicable and cost-effective measures likely to result in significant energy reduction in all residential accommodation in their area. The guidance also asks local authorities to consider the role key local partners, such as social housing providers and community organisations, can play in supporting their plans. The Green Deal, which allows the cost of new energy efficiency measures to be attached to a building’s electricity meter, will be significant in helping local authorities to achieve their aims.