Just Space is starting a new – permanent – website. This old one will remain available as an archive of important material relating to the 2011 London Plan. New material is now on the new web site. It is operating with a temporary address, but you can go there now: Transfer to the new Just Space site On the new site you will find Just Space observations and objections to the Mayor’s proposed changes to the London Plan which include a major weakening of social housing provisions.
Full details there about the public hearings in November 2012.
Just Space comments on the draft London Plan Implementation Plan Feb 2012 JS observations on LPIP 20120229
Comments on the draft Revised Mayor’s Housing Strategy 6 March 2012 submitted jointly by Just Space and a number of other and constituent organisations CV&CS response to Revised London Housing Strategy
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This web site documents Just Space Network and its activities in 2009-11 in trying to influence the London Plan. Activities of the Network in 2012 onwards will be the subject of a new, parallel, site – to launch early in the year.
The new plan is published 22 July 2011. Free download of the plan + related documents (and order form for paper copies (£50)) at http://www.london.gov.uk/publication/londonplan
Mayor’s 20 year development plan for London will increase polarisation of London’s communities says Just Space.
Read full statement here.
This planning strategy sets out how London will be developed over the next 20 years. The 32-day Examination in Public (EiP) of the London Plan ran intermittently from June to 8 December. The Panel which examined the draft plan reported in early February 2011. [ more ] It was finally released by the Mayor in May 2011 [ download here ]. The Just Space Network, in cooperation with students and researchers across London’s universities, held a conference on 9 June to assess achievements and to debate how best to develop the colaboration with universities. Read more about the conference.
Just Space is an alliance of community groups, voluntary sector organisations and special interest groups taking part in the EiP to press the GLA to improve the Plan, to make London a fairer and more environmentally sound city.
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The rest of this page is material from earlier in the process.
Now the examination is over, Just Space organisations are taking stock of what has been achieved by the unprecedented number of written and spoken submissions made by and on behalf of Londoners. The following documents and events relate to this process:
- The London Tenants Federation reports on the housing issues in November. [LTFNewsletter14] LTF, plus Just Space and other organisations, write to government pointing out the disastrous results which would flow from their housing proposals: http://bit.ly/hQo6Rb
- London Forum of Civic and Amenity Societies published its own newsletter [LFCAS Newsforum_57_Autumn10] and a short summary [LFCAS short notes]. The forum now tweets @London_Forum
- Students at UCL are helping in the production of a written record of the EiP, working from audio recordings. The audio recordings and texts (as they become available) are here.
- On 24 January there was a seminar at which researchers in London universities and Just Space members discussed how the cooperation between grassroots groups and researchers could best develop. Flyer for the meeting is here Urban Salon Just Space A5 ds leaflet-2 An audio recording of the first half of the meeting (short talks) is here to download (scroll to the end of the page). Notes of the subsequent discussion are here to download URBAN SALON JSN 20110124
- The London Gypsy and Traveller Unit sends this 2-page update on the situation up to January 2011.
- Right at the end of the EiP a number of individuals and organisations made final submissions to the Panel, urging that the Plan be profoundly re-considered in the light of the very different economic prospects now, compared with when the plan was drafted. These submissions were not discussed but the Panel will consider them. [ More ]
Just Space Media Release 28 June 2010
[22 april] Just Space is committed to increasing the number of community groups who are participating at the hearings. We have produced a table of community groups that have been invited so far and in bold we have identified sessions where more representation is clearly needed (JSsummaryList100422). By the deadline 27 April no fewer than 60 submissions had been lodged from Just Space organisations, calling for changes to the topics and/ or for better representations. These submissions can be seen here.
Good response: the panel secretariat, responding to submissions by the Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, writes “… I can assure you that the inspectors took on board the comments about the perceived imbalance of participants and are looking to include more voluntary and community sector groups in the final list of participants, as well as acknowledging the important role that can be played by umbrella groups such as the Just Space Network….” Read more.
In May 2010 the GLA publishes a paper justifying its practices in not exploring radically different scenarios in its planning, or investigating radical alternatives. The paper is linked here.