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Want to distinguish your Garden City from your City Garden? Want to learn how we went from Green Belt to Green Growth? The London Society’s Saturday Morning City Planning School is for you! Following on from this spring’s immensely successful Architecture School, this new series of talks seeks to provide an overview of how and why our cities have grown in the way they have, with a focus on London.

To find out more and to book for the whole series click here. To book individual talks, go to the events page.

We’ll explore the history of London’s development over the past 2000 years and its urban revival in the past quarter of a century. We’ll explain how decisions are made and how the idea of “affordable” housing, which dominates the media, has emerged over two centuries of debate to the viability-driven decision-making of today. Leading the course will be an expert line-up of speakers, from academia and practice, sharing their experience with an overview of how our city (and cities) have been managed over time and what the future holds.

Details of the five classes, which will be held in the Building Centre in Store Street, WC1 (in association with the Building Environment Trust), can be found here here. If you book the whole series of five, you’ll pay for just four, and non-members who book the whole series will receive a free 12-month membership of the Society.

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The next meeting of the London Planning and Development Forum will be on Monday 25 September at UCL, 14 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0NN in the Peter Hall Room, Room G01, Ground Floor, Central House from 2.30 pm.

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

DISCUSSION TOPICS:
a. Discussion item 1: Draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy 2017
Led by Max Sugarman, the ICE London and South East England External Relations Executive and Mike Keegan and Paul Strang, of TfL

b. Discussion item 2; Esther Kurland of Urban Design London will update us on UDL’s activities and their new book: The Design Companion for Planning and Placemaking by TfL and UDL

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The All Parliamentary Group for London’s Planning and Built Environment gathered in Portcullis House last week to hear a panel of experts on the implications of Grenfell Tower for London’s housing stock.

The session was introduced by Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, and NLA chairman, Peter Murray, who said it was important to learn from events and ensure that the right mechanisms are in place so similar disasters do not happen again.

[The minutes of the meeting can be downloaded here]

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A new ‘pass-it-on pamphlet’ which seeks to raise awareness of London’s housing crisis and possible solutions has just been launched, which you can read above. 2000 copies of the HOUSE ME LONDON are being distributed to generate public discussion and stimulate a social media campaign around the city’s housing crisis.

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9781472479020

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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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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london-society-paper-3-1The London Society’s latest White Paper – “Re/Shaping London:Unlocking Sustainable Growth in West London and Beyond” sets out a radical agenda for change across England. It includes proposals for a new ‘Green Web’ to be introduced to replace the ‘Green Belt’. Exploring the scope for change in the west of the capital, suggesting that a West London ‘Green Web’ could alone accommodate 100,000 new homes (equivalent to four new towns!) and includes demands for a new Garden City at Northolt Airport, new suburban railway and suburban densification.

The report is available to read online or to download below.

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cubwvinweaeuatkOn the 20th October, the London Society launches its new White Paper, Re/Shaping London written by Jonathan Manns and Dr Nicholas Falk.

Join us for the launch (published in connection with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London’s Planning and Built Environment). As well as the presentation by the Paper’s authors, there will be discussion from Colin Wilson (Senior Manager, GLA), Max Farrell (Farrells & West London Business’ Commission for the Built Environment) and Rupa Huq (MP for Ealing Central and Acton). You can register here for tickets.

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sadiq-khan-takes-first-mayor-question-time-e47runxgcs7lOrganised by London Planning Analyst, with Planning in London Magazine, and hosted by Colliers International, 50 George Street, London W1U 7GA.

London has a new mayor. Brexit is looming. Two factors that have an enormous impact on politics and policies in the capital. London Planning Analyst’s inaugral conference will focus on the strategic opportunities new Mayor Sadiq Khan should seize, and our speakers will argue for policy changes to deliver the homes and work spaces we need. A day-long conference for investors, developers, housebuilders, consultants, designers, planners, politicians and anyone interested in London’s future, focusing on the two main land uses in London – homes and workspace. The conference will include:

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London Society members can read each issue of Planning in London magazine for free. The July issue can be read online below, or you can download the pdf here.

Planning in London is the journal of the London Planning & Development Forum.

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