Falling down the rabbit hole

As a newcomer to the housing and planning industry, there’s no surprise that I have more questions than answers. My experience thus far can be paralleled to that of an exhilarating immersion program where I not only have to assimilate to the culture, but also learn the complex language of planning.

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An insight into #lifeatMPC

On 7th June I took part in a 10k race, which considering the London Marathon was just a month before it may not seem like a great distance, but for someone who hung up his running shoes after school track and field days ended in 2010, was still a daunting thought.

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Hello from the other side

Most people see their parish council – or town council – as part of the general background of their community – they run events for seniors, oversee the cemetery, organise the allotments. However, they might have more of a hazy idea of what parish councils do – until something planning-related crops up.

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Let's not be afraid to call new homes what they are

I dropped into a consultation event for a planned development near my house recently. It wasn’t just that I was interested in finding out what’s going on in my local area; it’s always interesting to look at the approach that other people take to consulting communities on planning issues.

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Unnafordable confusion

Any proposal that promotes an increase in affordable homes is often a welcome one across the capital and particularly within the MPC London office. Mayor Sadiq Khan yesterday launched a new initiative, Building Council Homes for Londoners. The ambitions the Mayor has laid out are typically noble, with talk of 10,000 new council homes over the next four years.

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S106 contributions – a need for more transparency

A recent study indicated that almost a third of the British public now rank 'affordable housing' as one of their top three priorities to improve public life. Affordable housing was even placed ahead of other key issues such as crime, social care and economic growth (Kantar Public study 22/02/18).

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One week out

With only a week to go, the latest opinion poll for the local elections in London shows no let up for the Conservatives in the Capital, with a strong lead still enjoyed by Labour. Our Consultant Director, Frank Browne, shares his thoughts on what London may look like this time next week.

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How BREEAM consultation can let developers and communities down

What is the point of an incredibly costly and complex public consultation exercise if it fails to help secure you planning permission? Our CEO Anna Sabine-Newlyn looks at the real purpose of public consultation in planning and how a technical approach can sometimes fail to reach the communities that will benefit most from development.

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Labour pledges genuinely affordable housing for the many

Following yesterday's post on how the upcoming elections might affect development in London we have a look at Labour's green paper: Homes for the Many, launched earlier today. With a focus on redefining "affordable" and building more council housing, this could have a significant impact on our 'failed' housing market.

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How could the local elections affect development in London?

Local elections will take place across London and parts of England on 3rd May. More Labour councillors are likely to be elected and, thanks to the influence of Momentum, they could well be more sceptical towards developers than before. While this could pose a more challenging planning landscape in the capital, developers who listen to local people, and reflect on what they say, will fare better throughout the planning process.

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Politics, elections and purdah

As the local elections approach, much of local government is now in the mysterious world of purdah. Despite also meaning a religious practice of screening women from men or a state of seclusion or secrecy, the meaning of purdah and the function of the council during this period is quite the contrary.

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