Manifesto for progressive planning – launch – #pnuk

Next Tuesday 5 Feb sees the London launch of the draft Manifesto for planning and land reform prepared by a working group of the Planners Network UK at 1330 (coffee) for 1400 start at the TCPA. Details are below and the draft document is a free download from

Try to read the draft before you come.  There will be a brief summary, then comments from Dr Hugh Ellis (TCPA chief planner), Anna Minton (author of Ground Control and Fortress Britain) and Prof Yvonne Rydin (Director of the UCL Environment Institute) with plenty of time for discussion in a session scheduled to end at 1600h.

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UEL seminar on post-Olympic regeneration in East London

Notes taken at a seminar hosted by the University of East London (UEL) in the offices of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). 30 January 2013. Ralph Ward in the chair, ex-DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government) now prof at UEL. “East London’s big projects stop at their edges as though dropped from aky… – Canary Wharf (CW), Westfield, Excel…”  (very scrappy notes so far but I’ll try and edit them, clean them up) Continue reading “UEL seminar on post-Olympic regeneration in East London”

Sell-out to developers at Heygate, Southwark (+links)

image of Southwark council meeting
Residents, with only 5 minutes time to speak, hold up their statements

January 15th 2013 Southwark Council planning committee met to determine planning application from LendLease for redevelopment of Heygate Estate.  This is just a preliminary post, for later expansion.  It is the most substantial example of the disastrous process going on in London where council estates are being emptied and cleared to create space for private development and the crisis is being used to lower drastically the % of replacement social rented housing on “viability” grounds: a kind of downwards ratchet. More at 35% And there’s a reasonably good report in London’s evening paper, the Standard. Continue reading “Sell-out to developers at Heygate, Southwark (+links)”