Duncan Bowie: where is the planning in Sadiq Khan’s new London Plan?

Described at Municipal Dreams as “an esteemed figure in housing and planning circles”, Duncan Bowie is a long-standing academic in his field and advisor to London government, including Ken Livingstone when he was mayor. This […]


Sadiq Khan’s affordable homes investment: some detail and context

Last week, City Hall announced that Sadiq Khan will “kickstart” a “major council homebuilding comeback” in London by investing £1.67bn in boroughs’ own housebuilding programmes and in so doing “help get 10,000 new council homes underway […]


Sarah Hayward: housing is still top of London’s ‘to-do’ list, so what can its councils do?

The dust is settling on London’s local elections, and after a lot of froth and high expectations, nothing much has changed. Control of almost all of London’s councils is very much as you were. There […]


Wandsworth 2018: the battleground borough that looks hardest to call

From the On London Borough Elections Guide 2018: Labour has an ambitious but not impossible path to winning Wandsworth. They need to hold the five wards where they already have three councillors, and win the […]


Sadiq Khan hits annual target for starting new affordable homes

Construction of over 12,500 new affordable homes was started in London during the 2017/18 financial year, surpassing the yearly target Sadiq Khan has set for himself, according to government figures just published by City Hall. Work […]


Housing associations’ support for estate regeneration ballots shows shift in political mood

Last week’s report from Inside Housing that the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations supports Sadiq Khan’s proposal that ballots of residents should be held before estate regenerations involving demolitions can go ahead is not so […]


Walthamstow Town Square: regeneration tensions

Protesters were out in force in Walthamstow Central recently, opposing the redevelopment of The Mall shopping centre and a portion of the adjacent Town Square and Gardens by retail investors Capital & Regional. Opponents of […]


Barking & Dagenham: London’s evolution at its eastern frontier

Those running the place might not welcome the reminder, but not so long ago Barking and Dagenham had a significant British National Party presence on its council and the possibility of the BNP’s then leader, Nick […]


Estate regeneration: the case for residents’ ballots

The news that Sadiq Khan will give residents a veto over regeneration schemes on social housing estates will be welcomed by the 350,000 Londoners who might be affected by plans to demolish their homes. Regeneration of […]


Q&A: Newham Labour mayoral hopeful Rokhsana Fiaz on gentrification, community involvement and Sir Robin Wales

Rokhsana Fiaz has been a Labour councillor for Custom House ward in the south of Newham since 2014. Aged 47, she was shortlisted yesterday for her party’s mayoral candidate selection contest and is the sole challenger […]