“In my constituency, a definition of affordability recognises homes of up to 80 per cent of market rental value as affordable. “They are simply not affordable to the vast majority of my constituents” – MP

Affordable housing has come under fire from MP Helen Hayes in a Westminster debate. The Dulwich and West Norwood MP highlighted how: Homes in her constituency are "simply not affordable to the vast majority of my constituents". Staff are moving further and further away from King's College hospital in Dulwich because they cannot afford to … Continue reading “In my constituency, a definition of affordability recognises homes of up to 80 per cent of market rental value as affordable. “They are simply not affordable to the vast majority of my constituents” – MP

PARK DINOSAURS GET SUPPORT OF DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: “This is where public outreach on science began”

Sir David Attenborough is backing Historic England's decision to put the Dinosaurs in Crystal Palace park on their Heritage At Risk register and give them  "the public protection they so badly need." In his letter of support pictured above, the broadcaster and natural historian says he is "delighted" to join with the Friends of Crystal … Continue reading PARK DINOSAURS GET SUPPORT OF DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: “This is where public outreach on science began”

POLICE CALLED TO ESTATE RAVE “There were dozens of vehicles on two consecutive nights/mornings zoning in with a large number of quite intimidating adults playing incredibly loud music” – Councillor

Police were called to Central Hill estate after another illegal rave there - the second in less than a year.  The latest - which occurred last weekend - was in a property on Plane Tree Walk which Lambeth council say was renovated with new tenants due to move in this month. In an exchange of … Continue reading POLICE CALLED TO ESTATE RAVE “There were dozens of vehicles on two consecutive nights/mornings zoning in with a large number of quite intimidating adults playing incredibly loud music” – Councillor

Lambeth seeks views on better rights for renters: would private tenants get better homes if theirs were also licensed?

Lambeth council are seeking feedback from landlords, letting agents, businesses, renters and the wider community to get a full picture of the privately rented housing sector in the borough. To achieve that a private rented sector survey is now open and as many people as possible are being invited to complete the questionnaire, says a … Continue reading Lambeth seeks views on better rights for renters: would private tenants get better homes if theirs were also licensed?

CRYSTAL PALACE PARK: PLANS TO BUILD MORE THAN 200 HOMES (none of them affordable housing)

Plans to build more than 200 homes in or adjacent to Crystal Palace park - it's not exactly clear where yet - have been submitted to Bromley council for consideration. The lengthy outline application accompanied by 135 documents - more than 10 of which are listed at minutes before the time of publishing as 'not … Continue reading CRYSTAL PALACE PARK: PLANS TO BUILD MORE THAN 200 HOMES (none of them affordable housing)

PARK PLANS: OVER 150 TREES FACE AXE, CAFE AND VIEWING PLATFORM PLANNED, NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The 70-page report gives further details on some of the proposals mentioned in our main article: 7.11.15 The Proposed Development does involve the removal of a number of existing trees...  In summary, 158 trees, 21 full tree groups and part of 13 tree groups are to be removed to facilitate the Proposed Development. The majority … Continue reading PARK PLANS: OVER 150 TREES FACE AXE, CAFE AND VIEWING PLATFORM PLANNED, NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

COUNCILLORS LEFT OUT OF DECISION MAKING PROCESS “Cabinet members not seen to welcome views from backbench councillors from either party” (1/10)

'Backbench' councillors in Croydon say they are being left out of the council's decision-making process. Their comments - made anonymously to a governance review panel set up by Croydon council - appear in a report issued this week. The review panel say in their report they also found residents wanting to feel the council listened … Continue reading COUNCILLORS LEFT OUT OF DECISION MAKING PROCESS “Cabinet members not seen to welcome views from backbench councillors from either party” (1/10)

PLANNING: “There were a number of comments and concerns that alleged planning was too politically influenced and that residents input did not appear to be taken into account” (7/10)

Planning was the most contentious committee, attracting the most negative comments in the resident and Member surveys and workshops, with concern expressed about the transparency of decision-making and trust in the process, says the report. "There were a number of comments and concerns that alleged that planning was too politically influenced and that the input … Continue reading PLANNING: “There were a number of comments and concerns that alleged planning was too politically influenced and that residents input did not appear to be taken into account” (7/10)

How some councillors found out decisions had already been made via a council press release – (and some describe council meetings as “Pantomime, performance art, theatre and pointless”) (9/10)

Some councillors said they found out about decisions via a council press release after a decision had been made, says the report of the governance review panel. Summary of findings The excellent response rate to the survey and positive engagement in the workshops indicates that there is a desire amongst members to engage with this … Continue reading How some councillors found out decisions had already been made via a council press release – (and some describe council meetings as “Pantomime, performance art, theatre and pointless”) (9/10)

“Planning committee is not the arena for policy challenge” says report (10/10)

The planning committee is not the arena for policy challenge, says a specially commissioned report for the panel. The key issue seems to be a challenge by members of the adopted policy of the council with regard to allowing the intensification of residential development, says the report by PAS (Planning Advisory Service). "This is of … Continue reading “Planning committee is not the arena for policy challenge” says report (10/10)