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 Dear all,

Covid-19 has meant a lot of disruption to all of us, planning included but we have updates on:

  1. Neighbourhood Plan examination
  2. High Density Living consultation by Tower Hamlets Council that ends this Friday
  3. Westferry Printworks judicial review

Neighbourhood Plan examination

Following the end of the Regulation 16 consultation, Mr John Parmiter FRICS FRSA MRTPI was appointed as the independent examiner of the neighbourhood plan (he also inspected the Quick Plan). This decision was taken by the council in consultation with us. Information is here in this link

A lot of work has been undertaken by email and phone and we hope to have a fuller update when the Examiner issues his report.

High-Density Living Consultation by Tower Hamlets Council ends 1st May

The Council has written a planning document to guide future high-density planning applications which they are consulting on now. It can be found here:
https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/highdensity

It was written pre-Covid and it may be useful to review it in light of our new way of living. For example, what kind of materials should be allowed on surfaces that we might need to touch outside of our homes?

Unfortunately, the consultation sessions have had to be cancelled and hard copies are locked away in Ideas stores so the Council has extended the consultation end date to the 1st May. You can:
  • Fill in the Councils online survey in the link;
  • Email responses/comments to placeshaping@towerhamlets.gov.uk ;
  • You can read the Draft High Density Living Supplementary Planning Document in the link below;

https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/highdensity

Council introduction
"We are consulting on proposed design guidance for high density development and tall buildings in the borough.
Our new 'supplementary planning document' supports our recently adopted Local Plan, in particular policy S.DH1- Delivering high quality design and policy D.DH7 - Density. The project helps to deliver the mayor’s manifesto pledges to improve the quality and fairness of housing and make development work for local people.
The project responds to important recent changes in national and regional policy including the significant emphasis that the new London Plan places on optimising housing density to deliver sufficient new homes and the fact that, unlike its predecessor, the new London Plan does not set out target density ranges, instead leaving upper density levels open. Secondly, the new National Planning Policy Framework and new London Plan place great emphasis on design quality to achieve high quality buildings and places.
The high density living guidance seeks to provide a clear design vision and set expectations for future development in the borough. We want to ensure that future high density homes and tall buildings support good quality of life for all residents living and working in these buildings. This includes making these spaces work for families, improve social integration, promote health and well-being and responds to the climate emergency.
The guidelines were informed by one of the largest and most comprehensive pieces of research into the lives of residents living in high density and tall buildings. This included surveys of over 1,000 residents living in and around these developments and more in depth interviews with a further 60 residents. In addition, we spoke to care takers, architects, developers, researchers and housing associations and other related stakeholders."

Westferry Printworks update

The Council and the GLA have both submitted a judicial review challenge to the decision by the Secretary of State to approve the Westferry Printworks application in January.
In the link is a press release by Tower Hamlets Council explaining the grounds.
https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/News_events/2020/March_20/Council_asks_court_to_review_Secretary_of_State's_decision_on_Westferry_Printworks.aspx
As soon as we find the grounds for the GLA challenge we will share it.

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