How is it possible that despite the huge construction boom in London, the city is still failing to provide the housing it needs? Much of this failure can be attributed to the way in which professionals have appeared to abuse their privileged role in the planning system to further the profits of their clients. In […]
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Yesterday, the chair of the GLA Planning Committee, Nicky Gavron, wrote to Mayor Boris Johnson to ask him to set out a new policy on how developers negotiate with planning authorities over building affordable housing. The full text of the letter is here. The move comes after a short inquiry into the issue. The Committee […]
These are the new hoardings around the podium of the Shell Centre on the South Bank. The Shell Centre was built as Shell’s corporate headquarters in the 1950s on public land leased from the London County Council. It contained a two large publicly accessible open spaces, a public square with a grade I listed […]
The Shell Centre is currently the headquarters of the Shell International Petroleum Company. Built in 1954, at the time it was an innovative and controversial building. But love it or hate it, the plans to redevelop the site are a disaster, demonstrating all of the worst excesses of the current London development market. Eight tall […]