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The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning: From Puritan colonies to garden cities

by Duncan Bowie

Reviewed by Jonathan Manns

This book can be ordered from our bookseller partner John Sandoe Books – click here to find out more.

[This review appeared in the Journal of the London Society, edition 470. More details here.]

Duncan Bowie is well known within London’s urban-planning circles and his new book, The Radical and Socialist Tradition in British Planning, is a timely and useful contribution to the profession’s history. Set out as a chronological narrative of radical and socialist planning from the late-18th to early-20th century, it’s intended to redress a historiographical imbalance which has traditionally focussed heavily on the influence of middle-class philanthropists.

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nla-big-debateThe London Society, in association with the All Party Parliamentary Group on London’s Planning and Built Environment and New London Architecture, is pleased to announce The Big Debate: Shaping the next London Plan

How do we build a great city for Londoners in a period of major growth?

Have your say on the future shape of the capital at this major free debate on the next London Plan, organised in partnership with leading London associations.

Deputy Mayor for Planning Jules Pipe, and for Housing, James Murray, together with other representatives from City Hall will set out their current thinking, followed by discussion by panels of built environment experts.

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KdPd-xTe_400x400In wishing all members of the Society and visitors to this site the compliments of the Festive Season, I would like to thank you for supporting the work we have been doing to celebrate and debate this wonderfully complex and endlessly fascinating city.

Over the year we have organised a busy programme of events which have been well attended and covered a wide range of topics; the membership has grown steadily and I am pleased to say that we have attracted a substantial number of younger members, which bodes well for the future. We have published a very attractive Journal and organised a number of events with the All Party Parliamentary Group on London’s Planning and Built Environment.

In the New Year we will be engaging with the Mayor’s consultation on the new London Plan, organising visits – including a series to some of London’s Great Estates, ancient and modern – as well as walks and talks.

We are keen to further increase the number of members – so, if you haven’t joined up yet, please do so for 2017; if you have friends who you think would like to join, please pass on information about the London Society, or consider giving a Gift Membership.

We also have a Corporate Membership class, so if you work for, run or have contacts with a company you think might like to support the work we do please pass on the details or let Director Don Brown know.

Wishing you all the best for 2017 and I look forward to seeing you at lots of events during the year.

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Peter Murray, Chair, The London Society

 

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Zac versus Sadiq: the fight to become London mayor

by Dave Hill

Reviewed by Peter Murray

For dozens of recommended London Books, check out the London Society Book Service in association with John Sandoe Bookshop

[This review appeared in the Journal of the London Society, edition 470. More details here.]

Dave Hill is one of the most perceptive and passionate chroniclers of London and this book, completed 10 days after the mayoral election, is not just a tale of two politicians fighting over one of the best (or, at least, most high-profile) jobs in the business, but a succinct summary of the London issues that politicians find important, or think that we find important.

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pil logo 2012-190Society members are invited to the forthcoming meeting of the London Planning and Development Forum on Tuesday 6th December 2.30-5.30pm at Colliers International, 50 George Street W1U 7DY.

If you would like to attend, please contact the Secretary, Drummond Robson on robplan@btconnect.com.

Discussion topics include:

  1. Heathrow Infrastructure Plans. We have invited representatives of some key organisations involved to consider the infrastructure implications for the third London Airport. Simon Earles, Planning Policy Director from BAA Heathrow Airport Limited has agreed to give a short presentation. Michael Schabas Rail expert from First Class Partnerships and Dan Lewis of IoD will also be joining us to lead the discussion. Representatives from TfL, Network Rail, a Legal Representative and have also been invited to consider the implications.
  2. The Mayor’s draft Affordable Housing Strategy SPG has just been published. Riette Oosthuizen of HTA will speak about it.
  3. Green Belt Swaps have recently become current again with decisions on Birmingham’s local plan adoption to include a new sustainable urban extension near Sutton Coldfield justified because Birmingham is “full up”. In the Prime Minister’s constituency of Windsor and Maidenhead 3,000 dwellings are proposed.

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As you may already know, the London Society provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on London’s Planning and the Built Environment (you can find more details here).

Its brief is “To explore the social, economic and environmental issues affecting London at a strategic level and build consensus as to the ways in which these might be addressed.”

The Annual General Meeting of the Group will be held on 11 January 2017 at the Houses of Parliament. If you would like to attend (and to receive information about future APPG meetings) please enter your details in the form below.

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