London planning news, December 2018


London planning news, December 2018

03 Dec 2018



Headline news


London Plan Examination in Public progress update

In early November, the Technical Seminars organised to inform the draft London Plan Examination in Public (EiP) were held to help clarifying and explaining the supporting evidence to the Panel and participants ahead of the EiP.
On 13 November, two sets of panel notes were published by the London Plan EiP Panel, providing details on the matters for considerations and participants at the forthcoming EiP hearings. Specifically:
  • ‘Panel Note 5: Information about the Examination in Public’, covers the procedural arrangements of the EiP, in relation to the timetable; the procedural conduct; and the formatting of written statements; and
  • ‘Panel Note 6: Participants and Matters for Consideration at the Examination in Public’; alongside ‘Annex 1: Matters for consideration at the examination in public’; and ‘annex 2: List of Participants’. These three documents outline the finalised list of matters to be examined during the EiP hearings; and those organisations and stakeholders who have been invited to participate and give evidence during the EiP hearings.
Furthermore, the London Plan Viability Study Addendum Report has now been added to the EiP library.
Among the matters to be discussed during the EiP, the Panel will scrutinise the Mayor’s decision to stray beyond issues of strategic importance in many of the proposed policies, as well as the Plan’s divergence from national policy and guidance in certain areas. 
Other matters to be discussed include the Mayor’s target for delivering housing on small sites in outer boroughs; the feasibility of delivering new housing developments on industrial land, whilst providing net additional industrial floorspace; and the viability and practicality of the Mayor’s Urban Greening Factor.
The EiP will commence on Tuesday 15 January 2019 and is expected to sit for 33 days and finish by 17 May 2019.


Quote of the month

Whitehall might be based in London, but it’s as politically remote to the residents of Sutton, Southwark and Stanmore as it is to those in Stirling, Swansea and Stoke. Our cities are the future. Not this broken national model. We’re the ones who can lead the charge when it comes to solving the problems of our times.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaking at the London Conference

Mayor calls for expansion of devolution powers following Brexit

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to ‘reboot the devolution agenda’. Speaking at the London Conference, on 7 November Sadiq Khan stated that by giving London and other cities across the UK greater control over taxing and spending, they would be better able to protect themselves from the implications of Britain leaving the European Union.
The Mayor said:
‘It is cities that are leading the way – coming up with the innovative solutions to the big challenges we face. And this dynamism stands in stark contrast to the increasingly dysfunctional character of national governments, which too often seem gripped by paralysis.’

Works on Old Street roundabout begin

Planned works have begun on the Old Street roundabout, which are set to transform the site into a new major public space, whilst greatly improving the safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
Sadiq Khan commented:
‘Every death or serious injury on London’s roads is one too many, and the improvements at Old Street are part of our ambitious plans to improve road safety all across London.’
The plans form part of Transport for London’s Vision Zero action plan for London which aimsto eradicate deaths and serious injuries from our road, and to ensure that the safety of London’s streets is at the forefront of all design schemes.


The Lichfields perspective

With the final documents added to the London Plan EiP library and the Technical Seminars out the way, everything is now in place for hearings to begin this coming January. Panel Note 6 reveals a varied programme for the EiP, with the matters or discussion ranging from housing targets for small sites, to the feasibility of co-locating industry and housing, as well as matters on which the draft Plan diverges from national policy and guidance. With the development industry, Boroughs and campaign groups pulling in different directions, it remains to be seen how much of the Mayor’s ambitious Plan will remain intact, and what concessions he will be required to make.
Tom Davies, Planning Researcher


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