The Secretary of State’s delay to the M&S scheme on Oxford Street has drawn national attention to the rapidly growing issue of embodied carbon in the planning system.
Planning activity in London’s West End showed a sustained recovering in October and November, following a slower-than-usual summer.
I hope that the GLA’s soon-to-launch Planning London data hub will encourage much more innovative use of information about planning in London. This is my Lockdown 2.0 stab at visualising interest in planning applications in central London.
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.