Planning applications numbers within London’s West End showed strong growth in July, creeping closer to ‘normal’ levels, but there seems to have been an August holiday blip.
As UK GDP shows a slow uptick, so too does planning activity in London’s West End, growing by c. 12% on last month.
About £64m has been raised from the Community Infrastructure Levy in Westminster since 2016. Where and how has it been spent?
May’s planning activity for London’s West End shows a 50% decline in May but a much slower rate of decline than April.
Preliminary figures suggest that planning applications in London’s West End fell by over 1/3rd in April as the lock-down set in.
If monitoring London’s housing supply is so important, why is there such uncertainty about what is actually happening? The Secretary of State may well be right to urge greater transparency in London’s housing statistics.
The London View Management Framework can be a significant constraint on development. But it is complicated, clunky and inaccessible. Hopefully this interactive map will help.
The new London Plan’s new housing targets require a substantial increase in density, especially on smaller sites. But has development density in London really increased in recent years? Is it realistic to expect it to grow further? GLA data would seem to suggest there has been little change in the average density of new permissions over the last 13 years or so.
Why do we measure the success of affordable housing policies by looking at percentages? Does this obscure the fact that, in most boroughs, less than half the planned-for number of affordable homes are delivered? What does this mean for policy?