Last week the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government refused to allow the compulsory purchase of flats on the latest phase of the Aylesbury Estate’s redevelopment, citing concerns about the way that Southwark council was dealing with leaseholders. This article explains why this decision was important, and why Southwark Council are wrong to […]
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The coroner who conducted the inquest into the fatal Vauxhall helicopter crash has written an official report expressing his concern that not enough is being done by the planning authorities to prevent helicopters crashing into tall buildings along the Thames in the future – OurCity.London can reveal. At one minute to 8am, January 16, 2013 a helicopter flying […]
Yesterday the new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, made what he considered to be a major announcement to ‘speed up home building’. Part of the announcement is a new team of viability experts who will scrutinise viability assessments. Building greater expertise on viability assessments is essential to holding developers to account, but is this new team all it […]
If planning authorities refuse to listen to the public can they really complain when faced with protest? The case of Lambeth and the campaign to #savebrixtonarches For years few have paid much attention to meetings of the Lambeth Planning Committee, but last week emotions boiled over. Protesters held up banners and threw glitter at councillors as […]
What could be a more iconic symbol of London than a black cab. I jumped into the back of one with the Gentleman Cabbie to talk about whats going wrong with London and how to fix it.