Extending a Recent Tower

Planning policy changes, and what was built to the maximum that could be built on a plot becomes much less than what could be built there today. Estate regeneration schemes are one such example, where maximum density rules of the past are now often less than half what would be built today. We even see […]

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Confident of Permission

When site visiting in Bow and Poplar yesterday I noticed a scheme under demolition that wasn’t in my list of sites to visit. LRR visit every site with permission of 5+ units in inner London (10+ in outer) twice a year, so I was somewhat confused by a large site with marketing hoardings having such […]

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Musical chairs being played around VNEB

Take a walk down Nine Elms Lane of jump on a South West train out of Waterloo and you’ll know there’s a huge amount of development going on in and around the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area. I was down there earlier this week. Riverlight has now fully completed across the whole scheme (and […]

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Flats in Railway Arches – Southwark Reacts

Almost two months ago we broke a story of Permitted Development rights being used to convert railway arches in Southwark. The story was picked up by Buzzfeed’s Jim Waterson*¬†, who visited the arches and may have even bumped into the developer. Southwark clearly agreed with us that railway arches didn’t necessarily make the best potential […]

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Failed Estates – Down the Cul-De-Sac of 1980s Private Housing

Not too long ago David Cameron announced that the worst 100 estates would be redeveloped to provide new, better and more housing. Many of those estates were in London, but he was referring exclusively to former council estates. Taking a step back from perceived notions of problem estates and looking at things purely from a […]

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Barking to get new town centre with 850 homes

Following on from a previous blog ‘Barking Becomes PRS Sweet Spot‘, here’s another scheme in Barking that looks as though it could well be for the build to rent market. Still in the consultation stage, an application has yet to come forward for the shopping centre site known as Vicarage Fields, adjacent to Barking railway […]

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40 new garden suburbs beyond the green belt. Is this the answer to London’s housing shortage?

Andrew Boff, a Conservative on the both the GLA’s Housing and Planning¬†Committee published a report recently on creating new Garden suburbs. The Half-Trillion Pound ‘Southern Powerhouse‘ scheme, he claims could create a new “Thames City” and form the 3rd biggest urban economy in the world! No small claim. The new region would collaborate to build […]

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Barking Becomes PRS Sweet Spot

The Private Rented Sector is just getting going with planning applications in London, and seems to be targeting certain areas more than others. The reasons are varied, but include low land values, high rental yields, good transit links to attract professionals, and councils who see the industry favourably compared with private sale developments. With residential […]

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Can nightclubs and homes co-exist together?

Plans for a 576-home scheme to include a new venue for nightclub the Ministry of Sound have collapsed after a bitter falling out between the club and housing association Peabody. The ‘Borough Triangle’ application submitted back in 2014, which was to house a soundproof nightclub in a specifically designed basement, has now been withdrawn. Read […]

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Super-prime mixed-use scheme granted above Knightsbridge tube station

This week Kensington and Chelsea granted planning consent to Carraig Investments Sarla for a super-prime mixed-use scheme opposite One Hyde Park. The scheme sits above Knightsbridge tube station will provide a new step-free entrance to, which is incorporated into the development. As you would expect much of the development is new build behind the retained […]

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